Policy Center for the New South (PCNS)

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The Policy Center for the New South (PCNS) is a Moroccan think tank aiming to contribute to the improvement of economic and social public policies that challenge Morocco and the rest of Africa as integral parts of the global South. The PCNS pleads for an open, accountable and enterprising "new South" that defines its own narratives and mental maps around the Mediterranean and South Atlantic basins, as part of a forward-looking relationship with the rest of the world. Through its analytical endeavours, the think tank aims to support the development of public policies in Africa and to give the floor to experts from the South. This stance is focused on dialogue and partnership, and aims to cultivate African expertise and excellence needed for the accurate analysis of African and global challenges and the suggestion of appropriate solutions.

Recent Posts

Debt Dynamics and Financial Stability in Africa

June 6, 2023

African countries were severely hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, which quickly drove the continent into its worst recession in fifty years. According to the 2022 African Development Bank African Economic Outlook (AEO), real GDP declined by -1.5% in 2020 compared to growth of 3.3% in 2019. Africa has recovered quickly from the recession, but this has not translated into favorable debt prospects for many countries. To make a challenging situation even worse, the Russia/Ukraine crisis has cast further doubt on prospects for debt sustainability in Africa. The international community has [...]

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Aftermath of War in Europe The West VS. the Global South?

February 17, 2023

This publication provides an insight into the lens through which countries of the Global South view the current period of successive crises, brought about by an ongoing global pandemic and a war in Europe. It highlights how the combined weight of history, culture, and geography has shaped the Global South’s interests and is influencing its foreign policy stance during one of the most dangerous periods of Great-Power competition in recent times—one that could see the fracturing of the world into different blocs. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022, [...]

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The Expansion of the BRICS in a World of Shifting Power Dynamics

February 17, 2023

In this episode, Paolo Magri delves into the evolving role of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa in a world of changing geopolitical landscapes. Over the course of this podcast, we explore the emergence of the BRICS group, tracing its roots back to the early 2000s and examining the political and economic factors that brought these diverse nations together. We then move on to the New Development Bank, formerly referred to as the BRICS Development Bank, to discuss its status and role. Finally, we address the growing concern around [...]

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Energy Trends and Outlook Through 2023: Surviving the Energy Crisis While Building a Greener Future

February 13, 2023

The volatility in energy markets since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2019/2020 has continued, with unprecedented uncertainty about global energy supply developing over the course of 2022 in the wake of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, against a backdrop of weakening macroeconomic conditions and high inflation. While some perceived this as a potential setback for the energy transition, others saw it as an opportunity to move away from fossil fuels and accelerate the development of clean technologies. This Policy Brief explores five recent trends that are likely to shape the transformation of [...]

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