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    Book review: Participatory planning for climate compatible development in Maputo, Mozambique

Book review: Participatory planning for climate compatible development in Maputo, Mozambique

This book is accessible in the best sense of the term and yet offers complex ideas and challenges to traditional planning norms that have shaped a geography of vulnerability across Maputo, says Jonathan Silver.

The climate crisis is not an uncertain future or purely scientific debate but a frighteningly real present that particularly threatens coastal, low-lying cities that an estimated […]

Reading List: Most Popular @AfricaAtLSE Blog Posts of 2016

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!

Gambia continues to defy existing political norms on the […]

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    The Africa Agenda 2063 and the SDGs: the African Union barks, but will it find its bite?

The Africa Agenda 2063 and the SDGs: the African Union barks, but will it find its bite?

What do the African Union’s Agenda for 2063 and the SDGs mean in a changing development landscape on the continent? Fortunate Machingura looks at how the regional dynamics are evolving.

 

The African Union (AU) is often described as a ‘toothless bulldog’ with credibility and legitimacy deficits. But its recent work may be indicative of a changing status. Through the Africa […]

December 21st, 2016|Development, Featured|0 Comments|
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    Book Review – Africa: Beyond Recovery by Thandika Mkandawire

Book Review – Africa: Beyond Recovery by Thandika Mkandawire

The strength of Africa: Beyond Recovery by Thandika Mkandawire lies in the historical account of the problems facing Africa because of the structural, economic, technological, ideological, and political constraints prevailing at global and regional level, says Michael Chasukwa.

The book discusses the challenges and opportunities for Africa as far as the quest for development is concerned. It is an output […]

December 16th, 2016|Development, Featured|0 Comments|

The Vocabulary of a Development Worldview

Ifeoluwa Adedeji analyses the shift in notions used to refer to postcolonial states.

Rarely is the term “Third World” used in popular media and academic texts today. It is possible that that market is not completely wiped out, but it has reduced significantly in scale and frequency such as third world peoples, third world problems, third world women and the […]

December 8th, 2016|Development, Featured|2 Comments|
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    Zambia could become a successful investment destination for agribusinesses

Zambia could become a successful investment destination for agribusinesses

Zambia needs to get its agricultural policies right in order to attract investments, writes Wandile Sihlobo.

As part of my duties at the Agribusiness Chamber (Agbiz), I recently engaged with agribusiness leaders in the agricultural inputs and insurance industries to share my observations regarding crop production trends in Southern Africa in the 2015/16 season. My analysis of these trends […]

The Needs of Informal Workers Matter in Digital Innovation

LSE’s Laura Mann and Kate Meagher discuss a recent workshop held at the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Centre from 26 to 30 September 2016, which addressed the challenges of digital inclusion for workers at the bottom of the pyramid.

Calls within the development community for more inclusive models of growth emphasise the need to incorporate informal workers and consumers into the […]

November 3rd, 2016|Development, Featured|1 Comment|
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    Book Review: Aid and Authoritarianism in Africa: Development without Democracy Edited by Tobias Hagmann and Filip Reyntjens

Book Review: Aid and Authoritarianism in Africa: Development without Democracy Edited by Tobias Hagmann and Filip Reyntjens

This is a wide-ranging volume which examines the intersection between the aid industry and African politics from a variety of perspectives. It should provoke new thinking among both academics and practitioners, says Nick Branson.

Tobias Hagmann and Filip Reyntjens seek to explore the “motives, dynamics and consequences of international aid given to authoritarian African governments”. The editors present donors’ […]

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    Book Review: Famine in Somalia: Competing Imperatives, Collective Failures, 2011 – 12 by Daniel Maxwell and Nisar Majid

Book Review: Famine in Somalia: Competing Imperatives, Collective Failures, 2011 – 12 by Daniel Maxwell and Nisar Majid

LSE’s Richard Stupart says Famine in Somalia: Competing Imperatives, Collective Failures, 2011 – 12 by Daniel Maxwell and Nisar Majid is an excellent volume that should be mandatory reading for researchers, practising humanitarians, or policy makers interested in understanding better what went into the making of and response to a ‘complex humanitarian emergency’ in Somalia.

 

This year marked the fifth […]

Why Bill Gates’ chickens will not end African poverty

Joseph Hanlon and Teresa Smart are unimpressed by a new initiative, but disappointingly avoid all the potential excruciating puns.

Bill Gates announced on 7 June that he is giving 100,000 chickens to the poor because chickens are “easy to take care of” and a woman with just five hens in Africa can make $1000 per year. For Mozambique where we […]

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