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13 Feb 2020

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READING OF THE WEEK

African Economic Outlook 2020 - Developing Africa’s Workforce for the Future

African Development Bank - AfDB

Africa’s economic outlook continues to brighten. Its real GDP growth, estimated at 3.4 percent for 2019, is projected to accelerate to 3.9 percent in 2020 and to 4.1 percent in 2021. This year’s African Economic Outlook examines recent macroeconomic developments and the prospects for inclusive growth, developing education and skills for the workforce of the future. It looks at the four main sources of finance for education and training governments, households, the private sector and external donors, and recommends ways to mobilize additional resources and increase the efficiency of spending.

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NORTH AFRICA / SAHEL / SUB – SAHARA

Report of the UN Secretary-General on the situation in South Sudan

United Nations Security Council - UNSC

The present report is submitted pursuant to Security Council resolution 2459 (2019), by which the Council extended the mandate of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) until 15 March 2020 and requested UNSG to report on the implementation of the Mission’s mandate every 90 days. It covers political and security developments between 28 August and 30 November 2019, the humanitarian and human rights situation and progress made in the implementation of the Mission’s mandate.

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Guinea Financial Sector Stability Review

International Monetary Fund - IMF

The IMF conducted an FSSR mission from June 12–24, 2019. A scoping mission had been undertaken in January 2019, and on the basis of that mission it was agreed with the authorities that the FSSR would cover the following topics: financial stability oversight, systemic liquidity, payments systems, banking supervision, and crisis management, bank resolution and safety nets.

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Midterm report of the UN Group of Experts on the Democratic Republic of the Congo

United Nations Security Council - UNSC

The report was provided to the Security Council Committee established pursuant to resolution 1533 (2004) concerning the Democratic Republic of the Congo on 22 November 2019 and was considered by the Committee on 2 December 2019. It presents the situation on armed groups, natural resources and finances, arms, and on serious violations of human rights and/or international humanitarian law in Djugu Territory.

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Digitalising Democracy in SADC: Insights from 2019 Elections

South African Institute of International Affairs - SAIIA

This policy insight explores the worldwide phenomenon of the digitalisation of democracy, in the context of recently conducted elections in four SADC member countries. This is done through a critical analysis of the role of social media in determining the course and outcomes of these elections, as well as an assessment of the impact of the outcomes of these elections on the SADC region and its mandate.

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MIDDLE-EAST

Iran’s Ballistic Missile and Space Launch Programs

Congressional Research Service - CRS

Iran has been acquiring, developing, and testing its ballistic missile capabilities for decades and continues to invest in developing ballistic missiles and in building an extensive network of related facilities. The recent attack may have demonstrated advances in the accuracy of Iran’s missiles. Furthermore, Iran’s space launch program continues to experience significant delays, and may be slowing.

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The New Arab Uprisings: How the 2019 trajectory differs from the 2011 legacy? (Part 2)

Al Jazeera Center for Studies

The 2019 turbulent politics and showdown between protestors and political regimes in Sudan, Algeria, Lebanon and Iraq have triggered several comparative analyses with the popular uprisings of 2011. One school of thought has argued for a ‘second wave’ of the so-called Arab Spring. However, such an interpretation sounds rather simplistic in light of the differences between 2011 and 2019. From Algiers to Beirut, the slogan is one and the same, in reference to the political class: “All of them, means all of them”.

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TRANSNATIONAL

African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA)

Congressional Research Service - CRS

On May 30, 2019, the framework agreement establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) entered into force. Trading under the agreement, however, is not expected to occur until mid-2020 at the earliest, as negotiations continue on critical commitments, including tariff liberalization schedules. Through the AfCFTA, the African Union (AU) seeks to create a pan-African free trade area liberalizing the flow of goods and services, thereby increasing intra-African trade and enhancing regional development prospects.

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Achieving Abundance: Understanding the Cost of a Sustainable Water Future

World Resources Institute - WRI

Population and economic growth, as well as climate change, have pushed water crises to the top of the global agenda. Given the scale of the issues, delivering sustainable water management requires rapid mobilization of funding for water-related improvements and more effective use of existing resources. This Working Paper proposes a method whereby any decision-maker can calculate the cost required to deliver sustainable water management to a geography.

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