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    Book Review: Infrastructure in Africa: Lessons for Future Development edited by Mthuli Ncube and Charles Leyeka Lufumpa

Book Review: Infrastructure in Africa: Lessons for Future Development edited by Mthuli Ncube and Charles Leyeka Lufumpa

Emmanuel Zwanbin says this book is a must-read for policymakers, academics and researchers on Africa’s infrastructure development issues.

Ncube and Lufumpa’s book Infrastructure in Africa: Lessons for Future Development offers an in-depth information on the state of infrastructure in Africa as a fragmented sector in need of harmonisation.  With commanding statistical data, the authors argued that cooperation and coordination will enhance […]

Burundi under Malthus’ scrutiny

Louis-Marie Nindorera argues that Burundi’s political leadership will be a key determinant in how the country manages land scarcity.

As the time for a new population census approaches, Burundi counts its mouths to feed, breaks up, plows and seeds its land. Under demographic pressure, it gets smaller and smaller, less and less fertile. Today, 11,5 million inhabitants are squeezed into a […]

Reading List: Most popular @AfricaAtLSE blog posts of 2017

It is that time of the year when we stop to take stock of the last 12 months and we are happy to present the best-read @AfricaAtLSE blog posts of 2016, as voted by you with your clicks. If you missed any of these, here is your opportunity to catch up!

Film Review: NGO – Nothing Going On -LSE […]

8 events that marked the continent in 2017

As the year comes to an end, Grace Thompson looks at 8 events that marked 2017:

Death of Botswana’s former president

Quett Masire, the second president of Botswana, passed away on June 22. Although not as famous as his predecessor, Seretse Khama, Masire had a decisive impact on the progress and success of Botswana. In his article, “Former Botswana President Quett […]

Book Review: Afrotopia by Felwine Sarr

Anna Wood calls “Afrotopia” an inspiring manifesto and metaphor for a new Africa.
This book opens with a meditation on how Africa’s fate has long – since Antiquity – been decided from the outside. Its central thesis calls for the continent to move forward in a new way, locating itself at the centre. ‘Se penser, se répresenter, se projeter’ [To […]

Decolonising Development Studies

Tin Hinane El Kadi explores the debates and questions around decolonising development studies.

 

Global calls for decolonisation in higher education have spread over recent years. The Rhodes Must Fall campaign has called for statues of the imperialist Cecil Rhodes to be torn down at the University of Cape Town in South Africa and the University of Oxford in the UK. This decolonisation initiative […]

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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    Book Review: The Divide: A Brief Guide to Global Inequality and Its Solutions by Jason Hickel

Book Review: The Divide: A Brief Guide to Global Inequality and Its Solutions by Jason Hickel

Dagna Rams argues that ‘The Divide’ by Jason Hickel offers a journey through fascinating arguments, facts, and figures, which exist in a schizophrenic state – on the one hand, some of them are still far from mainstream discussions about global development, especially in the West and, on the other hand, they are often invoked by the likes of Noam […]

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    Why Zambia’s Mall Mania Poses Serious Problems for the Country’s Development

Why Zambia’s Mall Mania Poses Serious Problems for the Country’s Development

Zambia is experiencing mall mania, with millions of dollars in foreign capital pouring into retail property developments. What might this hyperconsumerism mean for the country’s long term development trajectory? Muna Ngenda discusses how unfiltered inflows of foreign investment can underdevelop emerging economies.

Zambia is a relatively small developing country (population of 16 million and GDP of $21 billion) in constant […]

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    How inefficient land allocation in Malawi is severely depressing agricultural productivity

How inefficient land allocation in Malawi is severely depressing agricultural productivity

New data on the relationship between resource allocation and agricultural productivity in Malawi has revealed how a minority of total cultivated land is acquired in the market while the vast majority is either directly (or indirectly) distributed via the Customary Land Act, say Diego Restuccia and Raül Santaeulàlia-Llopis.

Accordingly, the allocation of land is unrelated to farm productivity. The Customary Land Act is […]

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