Artisanal or industrial conflict minerals?

Nik Stoop, Marijke Verpoorten and Peter van der Windt
Analysis and Policy Brief 39

There is strong evidence that mining activities fuel local conflict. However, so far no distinction has been made between the two main modes of mineral extraction: artisanal and industrial mining. Making this distinction is important: while policymakers cannot change the location of minerals, they have decision power over the extraction mode. In a recent paper, we find that the mode of mineral extraction, as well as their interaction, have very different implications for local conflict.

Croyances religieuses endogènes et développement en Afrique Sub Saharienne

Sahawal Alidou et Marijke Verpoorten
Analysis and Policy Brief 38

La présente note de politique est basée sur de récents travaux de recherches examinant l’impact des croyances religieuses endogènes sur le développement en Afrique Sub Saharienne, spécifiquement sur la santé infantile et l’autonomisation des femmes.

Defying intuition: bigger families have no significant negative effect on children's schooling in Sub-Sahara Africa

Sahawal Alidou and Marijke Verpoorten
Analysis and Policy Brief 37

Many family planning programs are based on the idea that “a small family is a happy family”, or that a reduction in family size enables families to raise investments per child. Intuitively this makes sense: dividing scarce resources among less children, leaves each child with more resources. We prove this intuition wrong.

Uganda: Museveni's struggle to create legitimacy among the 'Museveni babies'

Kristof Titeca
Analysis and Policy Brief 36

Uganda has the world’s second youngest population. The Museveni regime is increasingly struggling to build legitimacy among this group, which wants public services and employment rather  than distant stories about how the regime brought an end to war when it came to power in 1986. This brief aims to explain the ways in which the Museveni regime has dealt with these changing circumstances.

Urbanization and dietary change

Lara Cockx, Liesbeth Colen and Joachim De Weerdt
Analysis and Policy Brief 35

Sub-Saharan Africa still evokes images of undernourished children in poor farming villages. And indeed, this is a region where one in every three children under 5 is stunted in their growth and in danger of irreversible physical and cognitive damage.  As recently as 2017, parts of South-Sudan, Somalia and Nigeria experienced episodes of famine.

Reaching climate funding targets: the polluters aren't paying. And green parties do not make a difference

Carola Klöck, Nadia Molenaers, Florian Weiler
Analysis and Policy Brief 34

At the 2009 Copenhagen Climate Summit, it was decided that by 2020, donors should rally up not less than US$100 billion per year for climate change adaptation and mitigation in developing countries.