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Atlantic Dialogues Emerging Leaders, Day One

OCP Policy Center | Posted : December 11, 2017

The new cohort of Atlantic Dialogues Emerging Leaders has arrived in Marrakech ! 50 young professionals aged between 23 and 35 and and carrying 25 different nationalities are following workshops. In the program today : « Technological changes, skills and jobs of tomorrow », with The Nigerian scientist Ade Mabogunje, a design thinking specialist from Stanford University (USA) and Martine Kappel, Danish expert on « self-realization » and founder of True North Leadership in Kenya.

Atlantic Dialogues Emerging Leaders, première journée

OCP Policy Center | Posted : December 11, 2017

La nouvelle cohorte des Atlantic Dialogues Emerging Leaders a convergé le 10 décembre à Marrakech, pour faire connaissance et suivre un programme spécial de deux jours, avant le début de la conférence de haut niveau Atlantic Dialogues (13-15 décembre).

African migration : why the story has to be told in another way

OCP Policy Center | Posted : December 07, 2017

The CNN report broadcasted on November 14th on a sale of African migrants as slaves in Lybia has caused a wave of shock and protest. More than ever, the African migration, often perceived as a scourge, is on the agenda. The Atlantic Dialogues will discuss it in another way. Why ? Because the cold analysis of facts and figures shows that the African clandestine migration to Europe, far from an invasion, may well be an opportunity... 

Jobs, Industrialization, and Globalization

Hinh T. Dinh | Posted : November 28, 2017

After many decades of expansion, incomes and standards of living have never been better in many parts of the world. Yet, global trade and the prospects of growth still seem uncertain, and protectionism seems to be on the rise. In developed countries, there is anxiety over the loss of the manufacturing jobs that once absorbed a large share of the labor force and created a middle class that formed the core of democracy. Most middle-income countries have not yet been able to make the transition to the high-income group despite the decades of growth. Progress among low-income countries, particularly the sub-Saharan African countries, in achieving productivity growth and structural change—key features of economic development—has not been encouraging, and reverse structural transformation or deindustrialization has occurred in some countries.

Zimbabwe/Afrique du Sud : Mugabe tombe, Zuma vacille

Abdelhak Bassou | Posted : November 20, 2017

1. Zuma vole au secours de Mugabe mais échoue :

S’étant, de manière précipitée, porté au secours de son ami Robert Mugabe, Président du Zimbabwe, Jacob Zuma, président de l’Afrique du Sud s’est mis dans une position d’enlisement qui compromet l’avenir politique de son clan au sein de l’African National Congress. En effet, les événements se déroulent à quelques semaines du congrès du parti qui doit désigner son nouveau président.

Strengthening Civil Society for Conflict Prevention and Resolution in the Horn of Africa

Sara Hasnaa Mokaddem | Posted : November 17, 2017

The OCP Policy Center took part in The High Level Policy Dialogue on Conflict and Development in the Horn of Africa, jointly organized by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Peace and Security Division on November 13th-15th, 2017 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Serving as a platform for discussion between policy-makers and experts, this dialogue provided relevant case studies and figures to understand the complex nature of regional instability. Building knowledge on strong and accurate bases is central to assessing and determining the real needs for stability and development, however, the continent is still lacking a continental database on conflicts in Africa and their effects. For this purpose, the discussed reports on Human and Economic Cost of Conflict in the Horn of Africa and the New Fringe Pastoralism, coordinated by Mr. Jalal Abdel-Latif, Head of the Governance and Human Security Cluster at the ECA and Senior Fellow at the OCP Policy Center, present a collection of data that contribute to define a way forward in the achievement of sustainable stability in the region.

Perspectives politiques du futur de l’Afrique : Renforcement de la gouvernance démocratique pour répondre durablement aux défis de développement et de sécurité.

Sara Hasnaa Mokaddem | Posted : October 12, 2017

Les théoriciens du Sud –mais aussi du Nord– participent de plus en plus aux débats mettant au centre les expériences du « Sud global » ainsi que le rôle de l’Afrique dans la nouvelle géo-économie mondiale. Le continent Africain subi encore des réflexions et théories qui ne prennent pas en considération les spécificités du développement et de l’émergence des sociétés africaines dans un contexte mondialisé contemporain. Dans cette optique, le colloque organisé par l’OCP Policy Center les jeudi 5 et vendredi 6 Octobre 2017 sur les perspectives politiques du futur de l’Afrique a permis d’aborder une série de thèmes portant sur la notion de l’Etat, sa structure et son rôle, la démocratie, la gouvernance, le rôle de la société civile, les frontières, l’intégration régionale et la sécurité. Tout cela, afin de contribuer à la redéfinition du discours narratif imposé sur les réalités Africaines. 

The Education Puzzle

Thomas Awazu Pereira da Silva | Posted : October 04, 2017

Is Education in crisis worldwide? It surely is a fundamental issue of national and international development for Morocco’s policy makers. Recent reforms point to a key moment and momentum builder in public policy and policy implementation for the Kingdom. Policy makers agree that Education touches on fundamental themes of development economics as well as cognitive growth and ethics. It is behind human capital accumulation, and thus productivity and economic growth benefits from international trade and cooperation, facilitates the absorption of new technologies and therefore influences how our lives and working processes evolve. It also relates to a moral concern to provide opportunities for all individuals and social improvement. Education illustrates the challenges to link progress in theoretical development economics to practical policy design and operationalization. Naturally, working on Education reform involves: (i) analytical work testing the appropriate models with the best data; (ii) project or policy design using the previous results; (iii) implementation of the most effective project or policy; and (iv) evaluation of outcomes. But Education is more: it also has (v) an ethical dimension, providing quantity and quality educational opportunities for all. In sum, Education - as part of poverty and inequality reduction strategies - needs to be effective and socially inclusive. It is rarely a one-size-fits-all, which is why its projects and policies need to be designed by assessing local conditions, collaborating with communities and always understanding issues from different cultural standpoints. In some instances, a common “blueprint” or a “good recipe” can be retained and adapted to local circumstances. For example, in many developing countries, the objective is to increase universal coverage in primary and secondary education while reducing poverty. However, as noticed in both Morocco, middle-income countries, and industrialized economies, this widespread enrollment strategy is now putting tremendous pressures on labor markets that show too little absorptive capacity.

The Metamorphosis of Financial Globalization

Otaviano Canuto | Posted : September 15, 2017

After a strong rising tide starting in the 1990s, financial globalization seems to have reached a plateau since the global financial crisis. However, that apparent stability has taken place along a deep reshaping of cross-border financial flows, featuring de-banking and an increasing weight of non-banking financial cross-border transactions. Sources of potential instability and long-term funding challenges have morphed accordingly.     

India – Morocco Ties: Looking at Cooperation from an Agricultural Perspective

Ihssane Guennoun | Posted : September 04, 2017

India and Morocco have enjoyed a steady and fruitful relationship that continues to grow thanks to the trade opportunities between both countries. Indeed, the various agreements between India and Morocco yielded effective results for both countries who set a model of South-South cooperation that is also a win-win partnership.