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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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    Book Review: A Poisonous Thorn in Our Hearts: Sudan and South Sudan’s Bitter and Incomplete Divorce by James Copnall

Book Review: A Poisonous Thorn in Our Hearts: Sudan and South Sudan’s Bitter and Incomplete Divorce by James Copnall

Nicodemus Minde recommends ‘A Poisonous Thorn in Our Hearts’ to students and practitioners of peace and conflict in Africa. According to him, the book offers an excellent socio-political and economic analysis of the two Sudans from the time of the divorce in 2011.

Having served as the BBC Sudan correspondent from 2009 to 2012, James Copnall in this updated edition […]

Social media fuels tribal hate after #ElectionsKE

Verah Okeyo discusses how hashtags created as a tool for campaigning on social media became a forum to spread ethnic hatred. This article is part of our African Elections series.

 

Kenya’s internet penetration stands at 88 per cent, arguably the highest in Africa, a technological advantage that has been used in the recent general election to perpetuate tribal hate.

Hashtags that […]

Ghana Must Go: Containing The Mayhem of #Migration

Diana Olaleye tells the story behind the famous ‘Ghana Must Go’ bag.

It is chequered. It is sturdy. It is used worldwide. There is some contention as to whether it can be deemed highly fashionable, but it gains some cool points for being waterproof and available in more than one set of colours. For many, it merely serves the primary function […]

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    Book Review: Marriage by Force?: Contestation over Consent and Coercion in Africa by Annie Bunting, Benjamin N. Lawrance, and Richard L. Roberts (eds.)

Book Review: Marriage by Force?: Contestation over Consent and Coercion in Africa by Annie Bunting, Benjamin N. Lawrance, and Richard L. Roberts (eds.)

Rhian Keyse recommends this book as essential reading for scholars and practitioners engaging in work to analyse and intervene in gender-based violence on the African continent and elsewhere.

Forced marriage in sub-Saharan Africa is a source of much international debate, especially with recent legal and policy attention to the role of such practices in conflict situations. Well-reported instances such as […]

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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 […]

Reading List: Cotton

From the transatlantic slave trade to empire building by the great colonial powers; from international trade to the second-hand clothing industry in developing countries; cotton, it seems, is a subject for all the ages, yet also an industry in real peril. Here is a selection of book reviews and blog posts examining cotton’s place in history and our modern […]

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    Why Local Concerns will Dominate Kenya’s Elections #ElectionsKE 2017

Why Local Concerns will Dominate Kenya’s Elections #ElectionsKE 2017

Mai Hassan and Alex Dyzenhaus explain how devolution of power to Kenya’s 47 counties is transforming the 2017 elections.

This article is part of our African Elections series.

On August 8, Kenyans will go to the polls.  Much attention has focused on the national race between the two main presidential competitors: incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta of the Jubilee Party and Raila Odinga heading […]

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    After his comments about African mothers, are we finally realising that Macron isn’t that liberal after all?

After his comments about African mothers, are we finally realising that Macron isn’t that liberal after all?

‘Seven or eight children per woman,’ were Macron’s exact words, as he rehearsed a canard that is particularly popular among nostalgic colonialists who still speak of the Dark Continent. Nabila Ramdani examines what these comments tell us about the new French leader.

Social media lynchings are as hyperbolic as they sound, but Emmanuel Macron got all the metaphorical violence he deserved […]

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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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