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    What Land Governance in Uganda can teach us about #PublicAuthority

What Land Governance in Uganda can teach us about #PublicAuthority

Carolin Dieterle investigates the how, when and where of large-scale land investments in Uganda.

This article is part of the #PublicAuthority blog series, part of the ESRC-funded Centre for Public Authority and International Development. 

In the last decade since the financial and food price crisis of 2007/08, large tracts of land across the developing world, especially in Africa, have been acquired by […]

#PublicAuthority through the eyes of a Dead Fish

Duncan Green is fascinated about just how much can be learned about public authority by tracking fish – from the lake to the market.

This article is part of the #PublicAuthority blog series, part of the ESRC-funded Centre for Public Authority and International Development. 

One of the highlights of the May 2018 conference in Ghent was a presentation by Esther Marijnen about her research in […]

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    Trade liberalisation in developing countries: the importance of roads

Trade liberalisation in developing countries: the importance of roads

Research on Ethiopia shows that trade liberalisation can boost the productivity of firms in developing countries, but only if they have access to good roads. Gains from trade liberalisation are not uniform within countries, write Marco Sanfilippo and Asha Sunadaram.

Many developing countries have liberalised trade in the hope that greater international exposure will improve the performance of local firms.  […]

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    Climate-Related Impacts Calls For A “Pro-Poor Stance” Agricultural Policy

Climate-Related Impacts Calls For A “Pro-Poor Stance” Agricultural Policy

In this article, Mwai Daka highlights the impact of climate change on agriculture farming in Zambia, particularly on small-scale farmers. He explains why it is important for Zambia’s Ministry of Agriculture to take a pro-poor stance in order to help small-scale farmers deal with the effects of climate change on the country’s agriculture sector such as the introduction of […]

April 16th, 2018|Featured, Resources|0 Comments|
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    EU-Africa trade relations: Why Africa needs the economic partnership agreements

EU-Africa trade relations: Why Africa needs the economic partnership agreements

Olu Fasan analyses why economic partnership agreements could be the key to helping African countries achieve their goal of industrialisation.

For nearly three decades, Europe’s trade relations with the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries, former European colonies, were based on unilateral preferences under the Lomé Convention, first signed in 1975. However, as the convention discriminated against non-ACP developing countries, […]

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    “Inflicted Starvation”: The Link Between Conflict and Famine

“Inflicted Starvation”: The Link Between Conflict and Famine

Haisley Wert, MSc Development Management candidate, reflects on a recent public lecture from Alex de Waal, Executive Director of the World Peace Foundation and Research Professor at The Fletcher School, about his new book, Mass Starvation: The History and Future of Famine. 

 

Mass Starvation: The History and Future of Famine
Hosted by LSE, the Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa
Thursday, January 25th, 2018

Alex de Waal, Executive Director […]

Burundi under Malthus’ scrutiny

Louis-Marie Nindorera argues that Burundi’s political leadership will be a key determinant in how the country manages land scarcity.

As the time for a new population census approaches, Burundi counts its mouths to feed, breaks up, plows and seeds its land. Under demographic pressure, it gets smaller and smaller, less and less fertile. Today, 11,5 million inhabitants are squeezed into a […]

The Politics of Land and State Stability in Africa

Matt Kandel argues that a longue durée approach is necessary when analysing the roots of  land tensions in some African countries.

In October of 2012, I was seated with a small group of residents in a village in rural eastern Uganda. These residents were participants in my focus group interview, and the matter of discussion was land. Those present accused certain […]

December 4th, 2017|Featured, Resources|0 Comments|
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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|
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    Book Review- Ivory: Power and Poaching in Africa by Keith Somerville

Book Review- Ivory: Power and Poaching in Africa by Keith Somerville

LSE’s Joanna Lewis describes this book as the best academic account to date of the history of the supply side of ivory trade.

Anyone who believes that China’s recent pledge to ban the ivory trade by the end of 2017 will make a difference to the threat hanging over African elephants will have a rude awakening after reading Keith Somerville’s […]

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