Against the odds: action for empowerment and accountability in challenging contexts
This research largely took a ‘citizen-eye’ view to the question of how authority is understood, and how citizens, especially marginalised groups, make claims, express grievances, seek to have their voices heard and hold authorities to account.
Dealing with the security crisis in Burkina Faso: development and civil society perspectives on crisis prevention
This paper seeks to explore the perspectives of actors affected by the current security crisis in Burkina Faso and by development and humanitarian interventions.
World inequality report 2022
This report presents the most up-to-date synthesis of international research efforts to track global inequalities. The data and analysis presented here are based on the work of more than 100 researchers over four years, located on all continents, contributing to the World Inequality Database, maintained...
Walking into the eye of the storm: how the climate crisis is driving child migration and displacement
This report considers children’s vulnerability to key climate threats, and how those threats are driving child displacement and migration, in six high-risk settings: low-lying coastal areas, river floodplains, drylands, mountainous areas, cyclone zones and urban areas. It also provides examples of effective governance and responses.
Exposed and exploited: data protection in the Middle East and North Africa
Across the Middle East and North Africa, data protection legislation is still in its infancy, and it remains a low priority in countries where data protection laws are either very weak or non-existent. In this report, the authors explore data protection legislation in Jordan, Lebanon...
Unlocking the potential of Earth observation to address Africa’s critical challenges
This report discusses how Earth observation data can be used for harnessing Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies for the public good throughout the African continent.
Africa e-commerce agenda: roadmap for action
This agenda calls for action from e-commerce stakeholders within and beyond Africa to consider eight identified areas – ranging from refreshing policies to expanding connectivity, and upgrading logistics to managing data.
Out of the shadows: shining a light on irregular migration
Irregular migration exists because there are not enough opportunities for safety and prosperity at home and too few conventional means through which to remedy that lack of opportunity. This report aims to shine a light on irregular migration and contribute to an enormously consequential conversation.
Child poverty in Africa: an SDG emergency in the making
The profile of world poverty is changing dramatically. This briefing paper focuses on one of the most troubling but least explored aspects of that change - a marked increase in the share of global extreme poverty accounted for by children in Africa.
This research estimates that more than $1 billion in profits was shifted out of Africa to tax havens by Australian mining companies in just one year (2015) – equating to up to almost $300 million in tax revenue that could have been used for vital...
Global Corruption Barometer: Africa 2019
Corruption is hindering Africa’s economic, political and social development. It is a major barrier to economic growth, good governance and basic freedoms, such as freedom of speech or citizens’ right to hold governments to account. More than this, corruption affects the wellbeing of individuals, families...
Common Futures Conversations: youth survey 2019
Common Futures Conversations is a collaboration between Chatham House and the Robert Bosch Stiftung, which aims to facilitate political dialogue among young people from Africa and Europe.
“No mother wants her child to migrate”
This UNICEF Innocenti study about children on the move in the Horn of Africa provides critical insights into the motivations driving child migration. The study reveals how children decide to move, their experiences during migration, as well as the legal systems in place to help...
What Africa can learn from China about data privacy
This article suggests that for Africa to leverage the power of big data the government should implement a knowledge and technology transfer between China and more developed African countries, such as Nigeria, Ghana and Kenya.
Conflict economies in the Middle East and North Africa
This report examines the common economic factors that continue to drive conflict in Iraq, Libya, Syria and Yemen. It also makes specific recommendations to Western policymakers addressing these types of sub-economies in detail.
Calculating the potential climate value of Non-Motorised Transport projects in African cities
This report uses comparative analysis to provide insight into the potential for Non-Motorised Transport to assist African cities, and the global community, in achieving their climate-related goals.
Communicating climate change: a practitioner’s guide
This guide shares tips for communicating climate change effectively. It is intended for communications practitioners and other champions of climate action working in developing countries. If you have ever tried to explain to colleagues, policy-makers, or the broader public how the climate is changing, how...
An inclusive circular economy: priorities for developing countries
Developing economies will struggle to grow sustainably without significant investment in recycling, reusing and repairing used raw materials and products. This paper looks at opportunities to coordinate regional trade policies and investment programmes to rapidly scale up the circular economy in the developing world.
Freedoms under threat: the spread of anti-NGO measures in Africa
This report describes and analyses the approaches that African governments are taking to impose restrictions that handicap NGO activity on the continent.
Agricultural mechanisation, farm productivity and food security in sub-Saharan Africa
In this paper, FDI Global Food and Water Research Manager, Mervyn Piesse, examines the level of agricultural mechanisation in Sub-Saharan Africa, finding that the region has fallen behind other developing parts of the world in adopting labour-saving farm machinery.
Avoiding corruption in large scale land-based investments in Sub-Saharan Africa
Conventional, top-down and governance-focused anti-corruption efforts have had limited success in the fight against corruption in developing countries, argues this report. It considers how to develop and strengthen incentive-driven and high-impact anti-corruption initiatives.
Global strategy on digital health: 2020-2024
The purpose of a global strategy on digital health is to promote healthy lives and wellbeing for everyone, everywhere, at all ages. This draft strategy sets out a vision, strategic objectives and a framework for action to advance digital health. It has been developed in...
Adopting a market-based approach to boost energy access in displaced contexts
This paper evaluates the market-based approaches adopted in the MEI projects in Kenya and Burkina Faso. It articulates how such commercial strategies can be applied to the delivery of energy in displacement settings and compares this to real world examples.
Tackling illegal wildlife trade in Africa: economic incentives and approaches
Combating illegal wildelife trade and further pursuing conservation-development models could help generate considerable economic benefits for African countries, while ensuring the long-term preservation of Africa’s wealth of natural capital.
Dams in Africa: balancing food, water and energy security
Well-planned dams can bring considerable economic benefits and improve water, food and energy security. They can also have the opposite effect if they are poorly planned or maintained.