Development

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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    An Open Letter to Mark Zuckerberg: Africa deserves more from your IT initiatives

An Open Letter to Mark Zuckerberg: Africa deserves more from your IT initiatives

LSE’s Kristen Hagemeister urges the Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg to rethink his current initiatives on the African continent to ensure they result in real transformational change.

 

Dear Mr Zuckerberg,

Your motivation to invest in Africa’s ICT industry is commendable and in your recent visits to Nigeria and Kenya, you stated your intention to listen, learn, and understand the challenges facing African […]

The Cautious Return of Import Substitution in Africa

As import substitution becomes fashionable again in some African countries, LSE’s Pritish Behuria analyses how successfully this policy can be implemented given the evolving aid and investment landscape.

The international development industry is currently experiencing turbulence and uncertainty. Donald Trump’s victory in the United States elections and the rise of populist politics elsewhere in Europe may contribute to changes in […]

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    Book review – African Miracle, African Mirage: Transnational Politics and the Paradox of Modernisation in Ivory Coast by Abou Bamba

Book review – African Miracle, African Mirage: Transnational Politics and the Paradox of Modernisation in Ivory Coast by Abou Bamba

Dagna Rams says the book should be useful to those who already have a good knowledge of Ivorian history, and would like to obtain a more in-depth understanding of the country’s development.

During the early independence era, it was in African countries that two ideologies – capitalist and socialist – sought to prove their modernising potential. On the one hand, […]

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    Why Understanding Public Authority in Fragile and Conflict Settings Matters for International Development

Why Understanding Public Authority in Fragile and Conflict Settings Matters for International Development

What is Public authority? And why does it matter that we understand it? Duncan Green discusses the hypothesis behind the new ESRC-funded Centre for Public Authority and International Development.

 

Thomas Hobbes argued that states are essential to guarantee security. In their absence there would be a ‘war of all against all’ in which life would be ‘solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, […]

Film Review: N.G.O. – Nothing Going On

Simone Datzberger interviews Arnold Aganze whose latest film serves as a stern critique of how NGOs operate in African countries.

“Colonialism was easier to fight than the massive industry of NGOs in Africa.” says Arnold Aganze, a Congolese writer and director of his latest movie: N.G.O. – Nothing Going On. The movie starts off as a light story about how […]

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    Benefits for all? How the UK can shape trade relations to promote African development and economic transformation

Benefits for all? How the UK can shape trade relations to promote African development and economic transformation

Elsa Makouezi and Tom Brady discuss how Brexit can be an opportunity for the UK to expand trade relations with African countries.

The question of how UK trade can promote African development and transformation is an important one. So far, much of the rhetoric from DFID under its relatively new leadership has been centred on the use of British trade […]

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