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Current Awareness Archive: Apr2017

What is Current Awareness?

Current awareness is the term used to describe staying informed by keeping up to date with the latest publications, research and news in your field.

The perspective of current awareness is the present and the forthcoming, as opposed to the retrospective. 

Current awareness ranges from looking for information on specific topics on a regular basis (and this usually involves the assistance of your Personal Librarian to help you set up a search profile matched to your research interests) to embracing a wider, more general, and cross-disciplinary view that brings an element of serendipity into your search for the latest information.

Informally, researchers remain alert in all contexts for useful information and insights that will inform their daily practice, their research, and spark off innovative and creative ideas for new avenues of research.

Websites of the Month

The International Monetary Fund (IMF)

About the IMF

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is an organization of 189 countries, working to foster global monetary cooperation, secure financial stability, facilitate international trade, promote high employment and sustainable economic growth, and reduce poverty around the world.

Created in 1945, the IMF is governed by and accountable to the 189 countries that make up its near-global membership.


New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD)


Millennium Africa Recovery Plan (MAP) and Omega Plan for Africa combined to give birth to a third initiative the New African Initiative (NAI) which then led to the establishment of NEPAD in 2001. Founding Member States of NEPAD included South Africa, Nigeria, Algeria, Egypt and Senegal. 

About the Monthly Current Awareness Page

The year is marked with many special days, weeks, and months dedicated and devoted to raising awareness about important issues.

This monthly post, compiled by the Information Search Librarians Team, will note special dates and themes, and draw your attention to possibly interesting cross-disciplinary topical references intended to inform and to inspire ideas for research.

In the media

Thousands march on Union Buildings    - News24

Fitch downgrades SA to junk status     - Fin24

Heat is on as opposition plans march to Union Buildings  - Business Day

Dividend windfall salvages SARS target   - Business Day

National Treasury responds to Fitch downgrade   - Moneyweb

Beware ‘radical economic transformation’ – Nyati    - Moneyweb

Trump officials tell Russia to drop its support for Syria’s Assad   - The Washington Post

Trump’s First 100 Days: Airstrikes raise questions about Trump’s foreign policy   - The Washington Post

Gordhan: ANC risks losing 2019 election    - News24

Remembering Chris Hani, 24 years on   - SABC News

Three-month state of emergency to be declared in Egypt     - SABC News

5 important things happening in South Africa today    - Business Tech


The world’s 10 biggest economies in 2017      - Business Tech

How Africa’s and South Africa’s super-rich make their money     - Business tech


Should you wish to read Current Awareness guides of previous years, visit the Archive

Looking for Upcoming 2017 Conferences?

If you are looking for 2017's forthcoming conferences, the following websites are helpful:

Golden Oldies

This month's articles of choice:

Effects of financing and institutional constraints on capital structure of firms in select African countries

Steven Ombati and Kalu Ojah

African Finance Journal, Volume 18, Issue 2, Jan 2016, p. 1 - 44



The asymmetric effects of financing deficits and surpluses on the pecking order theory in sub-Saharan Africa

Chimwemwe Chipetaa and Chera Deressa

Investment Analysts Journal, Volume 45, Issue 2, Jan 2016, p. 81 - 94