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    Will the appointment of Tedros Ghebreyesus mark a turning point for WHO?

Will the appointment of Tedros Ghebreyesus mark a turning point for WHO?

Dorcas Gwata and Tarik Endale analyse the top priorities for Dr Tedros Gebreyesus as he takes over the leadership of the World Health Organisation.

The global health community is alight in African colours, the continent’s voice has been amplified with the appointment of Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus as Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), the first African to hold […]

How to Create a Winning Coalition for #Zimbabwe2018

LSE’s McDonald Lewanika discusses the possibilities and prospects of an opposition coalition in the upcoming presidential elections in Zimbabwe in 2018 through analysis of the 2008 and 2013 polls and examines the insights they might hold for the future success of an opposition coalition.

This article is part of our African Elections series.

The need for a “grand” coalition of opposition […]

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    Book review – South Sudan: A new history for a new nation by Douglas H. Johnson

Book review – South Sudan: A new history for a new nation by Douglas H. Johnson

LSE’s Richard Stupart recommends South Sudan: a new history for a new nation to those wanting to gain a general understanding of the history of South Sudan, as well as seeking an introduction to it.

 

There are precious few history books about South Sudan that look beyond its recent origins. South Sudan: a new history for a new nation is an […]

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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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    Book Review: Cotton and Race Across the Atlantic: Britain, Africa, and America, 1900-1920 by Jonathan E Robins

Book Review: Cotton and Race Across the Atlantic: Britain, Africa, and America, 1900-1920 by Jonathan E Robins

According to Jonathan Silver, Cotton and Race Across the Atlantic: Britain, Africa and America 1900-1920 makes a significant contribution to the global history of cotton and our understandings about the long durée of capitalism.

 

Cotton and Race across the Atlantic is a carefully-researched analysis of an important era in the longer histories of the North Atlantic, one that takes into […]

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    Migratory flows, colonial encounters and the histories of transatlantic slavery

Migratory flows, colonial encounters and the histories of transatlantic slavery

Olivette Otele argues that economic considerations and research about the development of Africa could very well be intellectual wars by proxy over racial superiority and over the question of what Europe could have achieved with or without enslaved Africans as commodities, labour and reproductive tools.

Over the last 80 years or so, the history of the transatlantic slave trade and […]

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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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    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, […]

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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