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Understanding the military takeover in #Zimbabwe

LSE researcher McDonald Lewanika analyses the evolving situation in Zimbabwe.

It is almost certain that a coup d’état has been staged in Zimbabwe, although the army denies it. However, we should be debating what type of coup d’état this is.

While this military takeover has the hallmarks of a ‘guardian coup’¹ – the military announcement about dealing with corrupt elements around […]

Let’s talk about neo-colonialism in Africa

In this article, Mark Langan of Newcastle University re-engages the concept of ‘neo-colonialism’ to make sense of the ongoing cycle of poverty in Africa and the failure of development.

 

Neo-colonialism has wrongly lost currency as a concept for examining African ‘development’. This is reflective of university environments in which politer debate about global value chains or the misrule of the ‘Big […]

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    Bribery, Cooperation, and the Evolution of Prosocial Institutions

Bribery, Cooperation, and the Evolution of Prosocial Institutions

LSE’s Michael Muthukrishna discusses how the science of cooperation and cultural evolution will give us new tools in combating corruption.

There is nothing natural [1] about democracy. There is nothing natural about living in communities with complete strangers. There is nothing natural about large-scale anonymous cooperation. Yet, this morning, I bought a coffee from Starbucks with no fear of being poisoned or […]

November 13th, 2017|Economics, Featured|0 Comments|
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    Edward George: ‘Banks are in danger of becoming utilities’

Edward George: ‘Banks are in danger of becoming utilities’

Edward George, Head of Ecobank UK head talks about fintech, the future of payments and trends in digital banking.

As the market for fintech grows in Africa, Ecobank Transnational Inc., a pan-African banking conglomerate headquartered in Togo, has built a digital strategy that includes acquisitions, partnerships and in-house IT development. Having a large network of branches is no longer considered sustainable […]

November 8th, 2017|Business, Featured, Finance|0 Comments|
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    Book Review: Ties That Bind: Race and the Politics of Friendship in South Africa edited by Shannon Walsh and Jon Soske

Book Review: Ties That Bind: Race and the Politics of Friendship in South Africa edited by Shannon Walsh and Jon Soske

In Ties That Bind: Race and the Politics of Friendship in South Africa, editors Shannon Walsh and Jon Soske bring together contributors to investigate the intimacies and complicities that friendship can crystallise in the context of the histories of colonialism and apartheid in South Africa. With the volume focusing on the role that friendship can play in both dismantling and constructing difference, this is a […]

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    Clarence Blay: ‘Ghana has 140,000 mobile money agents versus 1,300 bank branches’

Clarence Blay: ‘Ghana has 140,000 mobile money agents versus 1,300 bank branches’

The Bank of Ghana executive, Clarence Blay, talks about mobile money, financial inclusion, biometric identification, insurance and more.

The most famous mobile payments system in Africa, MPesa, allows users to make payments by sending text messages from simple mobile phones, not necessarily smart ones. The idea has started a new wave of mobile payments and transfers in the continent, and governments are taking steps to […]

November 1st, 2017|Business, Featured, Finance|0 Comments|
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    Curating Impact: A Process for New Knowledge Creation Through Arts #LSEreturn

Curating Impact: A Process for New Knowledge Creation Through Arts #LSEreturn

Kara Blackmore explores the vital role art can play in developing and disseminating research to a variety of audiences.

This article is part of our Politics of Return series, an AHRC/ESRC PaCCs-funded project which explores the dynamics of return and reintegration of refugees in Central and Eastern Africa. Follow all updates on the project on Twitter and Instagram through the hashtag #LSEreturn.

 
“Against statistical representations, […]

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    Land Mortgage: a device for rural restructuring in transitional settings?

Land Mortgage: a device for rural restructuring in transitional settings?

Daivi Rodima-Taylor explores the evolution of land mortgage in African countries.

Recent economic and political changes have fuelled uncertainties in land access in many parts of the world.  Land mortgage has emerged as a novel tool for agrarian restructuring in many post-authoritarian settings. In the current era of growing regional and transnational mobility, land titling and mortgages are also increasingly […]

October 23rd, 2017|Featured, Resources|0 Comments|
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    Obstacles to Peacebuilding: The Failure of Foreign Intervention in War-Torn Countries

Obstacles to Peacebuilding: The Failure of Foreign Intervention in War-Torn Countries

Graciana del Castillo discusses the importance of economic reconstruction in the war-to-peace transition.

Almost three decades have passed since Cold War-related confrontations ended and a diverse group of countries, at low levels of development, came out of war or other civil conflict—either through peace negotiations, military interventions or national uprisings for regime change—and embarked in multi-pronged transitions to peace, stability, […]

October 18th, 2017|Conflict, Featured|0 Comments|
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    There is No “Case for Colonialism”: insights from the colonial economic history.

There is No “Case for Colonialism”: insights from the colonial economic history.

Yannick Dupraz and Valeria Rueda discuss why colonialism is not a development policy to be judged on the basis of a careful cost-benefit analysis.

 

Third World Quarterly recently published a paper in which Bruce Gilley, a political scientist, argues in favour of a modern and improved colonialism. Internally, its argument is profoundly inconsistent, and Sahar Khan already had the patience […]

October 17th, 2017|Economics, Featured|0 Comments|

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