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Quality education for all in Ghana

Unblocking legislative bottlenecks It is always an exciting time for a child when they start senior school. Yet it is also a worrying time. In Ghana, when one girl sadly lost her mother when she was still in Junior High School, a school which has been part of Ghana’s universal free public education programme for […]

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Boosting private sector investment in Zambia’s infrastructure

The role of an improved PPP Department One of Zambia’s ambitions is to become a hub of economic development in the Southern Africa region. The government is, however, keenly aware that its infrastructure and service delivery need major improvements to make it possible for business and enterprise to thrive and boost economic growth. Like most […]

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Getting money to where it matters

Shaping a new institution for Liberia’s environmental projects Tackling climate change is consequently a national priority. The Government of Liberia (GoL) wants to build the resilience of climate-sensitive sectors and livelihoods, integrating climate change planning into all its development pillars and building the government’s capacity for effective climate change governance. These ambitions are set out […]

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Powering the lift-off from poverty

Energy sector reform in Ethiopia Ethiopia is home to one of the fastest growing economies in the world, with an average growth rate of 10% since 2005. Yet, it remains one of the planet’s poorest countries, where about 24% of the population lived under the poverty line in 2015-16. To tackle this challenge, the Ethiopian […]

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Policy and Pedagogy in Sierra Leone

Education is a basic human right. It is also the fuel of economic growth. According to the OECD, achieving universal basic skills for the population through education would increase the Gross Domestic Product of a lower-middle income country by an average of 28% for each year of an individual’s eighty-year life. This note explores how […]

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Supporting Rwanda’s private-sector focused development strategy

Rwanda’s long-term development aspirations to economic self-reliance and improved living standards for its citizens are based on transformative models and stimulated by private-sector led growth. The Government of Rwanda has been working to enhance private-sector participation in its strategic investment frameworks, through increased ownership and management stakes in state-owned enterprises. This note tells the story […]

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A new OPF chapter

2021 has brought a lot of exciting change. Firstly, people are finally receiving the much-longed vaccine for Covid-19, providing some light at the end of the pandemic tunnel. Secondly, the Oxford Policy Fellowship (OPF) would like to announce that four Fellows have successfully completed their postings and we have a new Government partner and two […]

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No Pleasure in the Pathless Woods

The Legal and Implementation Challenges of Tree Planting in Freetown Nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and the forested Lion Mountains, Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone, was originally planned to house 300,000 people. But the 1991-2002 civil war triggered a massive influx of people from the provinces and the city is now crowded far beyond […]

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Spotlighting key issues in Ethiopia

In the newly created Ethio-Spotlight series, the OPF Fellows Nduta Njenga and Temwanani Karen Phiri provide reflections on a range of topics related to Ethiopia for a regional and international audience. Nduta and Temwanani are OPF Fellows working for the Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy and the Ministry of Finance in Ethiopia. Through their […]

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The Covid-19 pandemic

How OPF Fellows supported host governments’ responses and readiness for recovery At its core, the Oxford Policy Fellowship (OPF) is a listening institution. It respondsto requests from low- and middle-income country (LMIC) governments for legal andpolicy technical advisors (TAs) to help achieve the country’s development priorities.In early 2020, OPF had 15 Fellows posted in eight […]

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