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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|

Book Review: Julius Nyerere by Paul Bjerk

In a short and precise volume, Paul Bjerk succeeds in debating the legacy of Nyerere in six short chapters. The book deals with the highs and lows of Nyerere’s illustrious political career and balances this in a manner befitting a great African statesman, says Nicodemus Minde.

 

Paul Bjerk has taken keen interest in the study of Tanzania’s postcolonial history and […]

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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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    Book Review- Learning from the curse: Sembene’s Xala by Richard Fardon and Senga la Rouge

Book Review- Learning from the curse: Sembene’s Xala by Richard Fardon and Senga la Rouge

Dagna Rams highlights the many uses of ‘Learning from the curse’: a fun and off-beat reportage of the place and the time, a film club companion for solitary viewers, and also a book to admire visually.

 

Directed by Ousamane Sembene, former Senegalese dock worker, who in his 30s turned to writing books and then expanded to film in order to […]

Jomo Kenyatta, LSE and the independence of Kenya

To commemorate Black History Month, Alex Free profiles Jomo Kenyatta – the first president of Kenya and an LSE graduate who came to London and studied social anthropology under Bronisław Malinowski in the 1930s. A leading pan-Africanist with an ultimately mixed political legacy in office, Kenyatta produced his famous ethnographic study of the Kikuyu, Facing Mount Kenya, while at LSE.

Jomo Kenyatta is a […]

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    Like the West, Africa must be guarded in its relations with China

Like the West, Africa must be guarded in its relations with China

Olu Fasan says that it is about time that African countries take a longer-term view of the costs and benefits of their relationship with China.

Napoleon once said that, “When China awakes, the world will tremble”. Being the world’s second largest economy, and one of the biggest manufacturing and trading nations and foreign investors, China has, indeed, awoken, and the […]

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    Book Review: Africa’s Media Image in the 21st Century: From the “Heart of Darkness” to “Africa Rising

Book Review: Africa’s Media Image in the 21st Century: From the “Heart of Darkness” to “Africa Rising

Yovanka Perdigao describes the volume as a holistic view of Africa, standing between ‘Heart of Darkness’ and ‘Africa rising’ narratives.

 

‘Africa’s Media Image in the 21st Century: From the “Heart of Darkness” to “Africa Rising”‘ edited by by Mel Bunce, Suzanne Franks, and Chris Paterson is a collection of twenty-eight essays on Africa’s changing media image. It is also the first book in twenty […]

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    Can SMEs address the agenda of Radical Economic Transformation in South Africa?

Can SMEs address the agenda of Radical Economic Transformation in South Africa?

Vrinda Chopra analyses whether the increasing focus on small, medium and microenterprises is a viable way of reducing inequality in South Africa.

 

The problems of South Africa’s persistent inequalities are glaring in the face of an unemployment high of 27.7 per cent and youth unemployment at a staggering 50 per cent. The tenacious face of inequality showed itself with the […]

October 4th, 2017|Business, Featured|0 Comments|
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    Book Review: Migrant, Refugee, Smuggler, Savior by Peter Tinti and Tuesday Reitano

Book Review: Migrant, Refugee, Smuggler, Savior by Peter Tinti and Tuesday Reitano

Despite it not offering a solution to the migrant crisis, the book nevertheless provides a basis for understanding it, according to Yovanka Perdigao.

 

Without a doubt, Migrant, Refugee, Smuggler, Savior by Peter Tinti and Tuesday Reitano is a must read. This book takes readers on a journey through the highly complex business of human smuggling where the lines between savior […]

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