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Briefing Notes

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Constitution-making in Côte d’Ivoire by Nick Branson

There has never been a meaningful attempt to consult Ivorians on the content of their constitution, let alone reach a consensus. The current process is a missed opportunity, but it should not come as a surprise.
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South Africa’s watershed elections: Awry, the Beloved Country? by Nick Branson

This Briefing Note examines the backdrop to the municipal elections that are likely to be a watershed in South Africa’s democratic development.
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L’Émission de l’obligation municipale à Dakar : Le Conte de Deux Cités par Edward Paice

PDF version La croissance des grandes villes d’Afrique est si rapide que les gouvernements centraux et municipaux s’en trouvent accablés. Il y a un manque de planification stratégique ; des lacunes dans la prestation de services de base aux résidents s’élargissent de plus en...
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Land, Law and Traditional Leadership in South Africa By Nick Branson

Land remains an emotive fault line in South Africa. This Briefing Note examines the ANC's record on land reform, outlines the winners and losers under the current dispensation, and offers a series of policy provocations.
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Dakar’s municipal bond issue: A tale of two cities

This Briefing note describes an attempt by the city of Dakar, the capital of Senegal, to launch the first municipal bond in the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU) area, and considers the ramifications of the central government blocking the initiative.
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State(s) of crisis: sub-national government in Nigeria by Paul Adams

Paul Adams examines the origins and purpose of the Nigerian federation, state governments’ financial management and responsibilities, governors’ arbitrary power, and the need to increase internally generated state revenue.
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Bank to the Future: New Era at the AfDB by Paul Adams

Under the astute presidency of Donald Kaberuka, the AfDB has demonstrated resilience and leadership. This Briefing Note examines the Bank’s achievements and considers the challenges confronting Kaberuka’s successor.