International Affairs

Japan and the African Challenge

Although Japan was the first country to launch a forum on African development, the East Asian giant’s Africa engagement is now lagging behind some of its fellow Asian powers, argues Anne-Léonore Dardenne.

Over the last decade, Africa has undergone a substantial transformation and has attracted the attention of major Asian powers such as China, India, Japan and more recently South Korea. […]

Transformation Euphoria in the Horn of Africa

As political transformation occurs across the Horn of Africa at an unprecedented pace, Abukar Arman provides a comprehensive analysis of the rapidly changing situation.

The political transformation in the Horn of Africa is arguably the most counterintuitive development in the 21st century so far. Ethiopia has steered away from implosion and, for the first time in its history, appointed […]

Somalis in the First World War

As a new exhibition commemorates the Somali effort during the First World War, LSE’s Joanna Lewis analyses how scholarship of the Great War is increasingly encompassing the global contribution of the conflict.
This year marks the centenary of the end of the First World War (1914-18).  In London, one of the most famous WW1 memorials can be found in Hyde […]

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    #ZimElections2018: Charismatic Appeals Vs Performance Legitimacy

#ZimElections2018: Charismatic Appeals Vs Performance Legitimacy

As Zimbabwe heads to the first Mugabe-less polls, LSE’s McDonald Lewanika analyses the campaigns two leading Presidential candidates.

Behold the New

On July 30, 2018, Zimbabwe will have its first post-Mugabe harmonised election, where 23 candidates from 22 political parties will engage in mortal political combat for the country’s presidency. Over 1648 candidates from at least 55 political parties (about 220 […]

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    Civil society organisations can have a pivotal role in #Zimbabwe’s transition towards building a democratic nation

Civil society organisations can have a pivotal role in #Zimbabwe’s transition towards building a democratic nation

As Zimbabwe continues to adjust to the country’s new leader, Ringisai Chikohomero argues that the change of regime has opened an opportunity for civil society organisations to engage with the government.

For decades, Zimbabwe has been dominated by personality politics and patronage networks which have curtailed the country’s progress. The ‘military-assisted transition’, as it is called, of November 2017 which […]

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    When Archives Speak Back: Sexual Violence in the #Congo Free State

When Archives Speak Back: Sexual Violence in the #Congo Free State

As apologists for colonialism gain prominence, Charlotte Mertens reports how the Congolese voices resting in the Africa archives of Brussels reveal the use of rape, sexual exploitation and torture as punishment, extortion and a display of colonial power.

 

When talking about colonialism, its power structures and durabilities, it matters who speaks. When people in privileged positions speak out in favour […]

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    In need of realignment: Indian investments should match development cooperation initiatives in Africa

In need of realignment: Indian investments should match development cooperation initiatives in Africa

India’s lines of credit to Africa are not very well aligned with India’s private sector in the region. In fact, the role of the private sector is limited to that of a contractor in the whole process of the delivery of development cooperation writes Dr Malancha Chakrabarty.
After a long period of stagnation, many African countries experienced strong growth from mid-1990s. […]

Running Mozambique’s heroin trade with WhatsApp

The “informal sector” was first observed in developing countries, then it migrated north as the “gig economy” where no one has secure jobs, and LSE’s Joseph Hanlon, in a new working paper, shows the closing loop, as Mozambique’s heroin trade is taken over by the informal sector working via apps.

Mozambique has become a major heroin transit centre, moving 40 […]

Nigeria is a fragile state, international studies prove it

It is a long march from poverty to prosperity, but according to Olu Fasan’s assessment, Nigeria has not quite made the transition yet.

 

Last year, I took an online course titled “From Poverty to Prosperity: Understanding Economic Development”, taught by the famous Oxford University don, Professor Sir Paul Collier. Despite having a master’s with Distinction in Political Economy, I was […]

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    Okonjo-Iweala’s reflections on the challenges of fighting corruption in Nigeria

Okonjo-Iweala’s reflections on the challenges of fighting corruption in Nigeria

Popular abroad but under-appreciated at home, Olu Fasan explores the conundrum that is Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala after her recent public lecture at LSE.

On 16 May 2018, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, former managing director of the World Bank and Nigeria’s two-time finance minister, who was also a foreign minister, came to LSE. Her mission was to talk about her latest book, […]

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