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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 […]

A New Vision for Addressing Youth Unemployment in Africa

Marta Santoboni and Alexandra Karlsson highlight the need for a long-term strategy for combating African youth unemployment that incorporates investing in economic upgrading, linkages within domestic economies, strengthening regionalisation and negotiating for more favourable global trade agreements.

Africa’s youth population is expected to double to 830 million by 2050 . Whereas corporate and grey literature cherishes this growth as a […]

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    To Return or Not to Return, That is the Question: highly skilled return migrants to Ghana

To Return or Not to Return, That is the Question: highly skilled return migrants to Ghana

Madeleine Wong examines how skilled professional Ghanaian return migrants articulate and navigate the challenges of readjustment.

It was 2011 when I was myself confronted with this very question. It was a pivotal year for me personally and professionally: I was on leave in Ghana for six months, recovering from serious health issues, and also contemplating my future at my current […]

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    Book review- Nation on Board: Becoming Nigerian at Sea by Lynn Schler

Book review- Nation on Board: Becoming Nigerian at Sea by Lynn Schler

Jochen Lingelbach recommends this book as an accessible labour history and a convincing bottom-up perspective on decolonisation.

Seamen seem to be the romantic, rebellious and cosmopolitan characters par excellence. The unruly world of pirates and sailors in the Revolutionary Atlantic appears to be a breeding ground for political change. Some of this echoes in Lynn Schler’s history of Nigerian seamen, […]

The Potential of Diaspora Bonds in Africa

Michael Famoroti takes a look at how the diaspora can work in tandem with African governments.

 

“No money is better spent than what is laid out for domestic satisfaction.” – Samuel Johnson

This equivocal statement may ring true for over 30 million Africans in the diaspora. According to the World Bank, this group remitted over $40 billion to Africa in […]

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    Moroccan Francophone Literature in Translation: Abdellatif Laâbi’s In Praise of Defeat & Abdelkebir Khatibi’s Tattooed Memory

Moroccan Francophone Literature in Translation: Abdellatif Laâbi’s In Praise of Defeat & Abdelkebir Khatibi’s Tattooed Memory

As works of Morocco’s most famed writers are being translated for English readers to discover, Khalid Lyamlahy explores how translators have sought to capture the full range of nuance and diversity in their volumes, offering a new perspective on Moroccan identity and culture.

 

What can an Anglophone reader learn from Moroccan Francophone literature? At a time when multilingualism is […]

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    Book review – The Rise of Africa’s Middle Class: Myths, Realities and Critical Engagements, by Henning Melber(ed.)

Book review – The Rise of Africa’s Middle Class: Myths, Realities and Critical Engagements, by Henning Melber(ed.)

The Rise of Africa’s Middle Class: Myths, Realities and Critical Engagements seeks to wrestle back the African middle class debate from the Afro-optimists with mixed success, according to LSE’s Rebecca Simson.

 

Over the last few years a flurry of reports and articles by international organisations, private firms and the media have celebrated the growth of Africa’s middle class. Many predict […]

Symbolic emancipation and present challenges in Togo

Roland Benedikter and William Mensa Tsedze present a retrospective analysis of the progress and issues faced by Togo since its independence.

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Togo, one of the smallest and peripheral nations of West Africa, has undertaken a long march towards democracy since the 1960s. But much progress still has to be made. The European Commission’s New Partnership With Africa After […]

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    ‘Progress for the Few’ – a Retrospective of Democratisation and Development in Togo

‘Progress for the Few’ – a Retrospective of Democratisation and Development in Togo

After signs of democratic awakening spreading throughout Africa such as with Gambia’s opposition winning the presidential elections in December 2016, Togo remains the only ECOWAS nation still waiting for substantial democratisation since the 1960s, according to Roland Benedikter and William Mensa Tsedze.

 

The most recent Least Developed Countries Report presented on December 13, 2016 by the United Nations Conference on […]

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    Book Review – We, the People: Insights of an Activist Judge by Albie Sachs

Book Review – We, the People: Insights of an Activist Judge by Albie Sachs

Those looking for an antidote to the current political tumult might find solace in the personal reflections of Albie Sachs, a lawyer and activist who helped to shape, and later interpret, South Africa’s constitution, says Nick Branson.

In a context of persistent inequality, mass unemployment, and allegations of corruption at the highest levels of government, South Africa’s post-apartheid settlement […]

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