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    Book Review: Perspectives on Uganda – Reflections of an ODI Fellow by Prajakta Kharkar Nigam

Book Review: Perspectives on Uganda – Reflections of an ODI Fellow by Prajakta Kharkar Nigam

Linet Juma says that Perspectives on Uganda – Reflections of an ODI Fellow stands out for giving practical examples of how to tailor policy around different contexts and not contexts around policy

 

Perspectives on Uganda – Reflections of an ODI Fellow sets out to provide an alternative narrative about the social and business landscape in Uganda and suggests homegrown solutions […]

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    Chinese Media in Africa: Expansion, Perceptions and Receptions

Chinese Media in Africa: Expansion, Perceptions and Receptions

LSE masters student Linet Juma reports on a lecture by  Prof Herman Wasserman from University of Cape Town at LSE on 28 November 2016

China’s involvement and investment in Africa has intensified in the past few years eliciting a lot of focus and research on China-Africa relations.  While this can be written off by some as simply investment, in the context […]

December 15th, 2016|Featured, Media|1 Comment|

The limits of Modi-fying India’s Africa engagement

India-Africa Forum and Summit in October 2015 saw African leaders welcomed with unprecedented levels of ceremony and political theatre. But Daniel Large writes that underneath new branding were old questions about how what was witnessed in Delhi will be followed through on in substantive ways, and the extent to which these will catalyse relations beyond political level.

The third India-Africa […]

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    Are African leaders misusing Chinese development finance? The price of country ownership

Are African leaders misusing Chinese development finance? The price of country ownership

In a 2012 blog post, MIT’s Daron Acemoglu and Harvard’s James Robinson call attention to a “fancy school” built in a small village in Sierra Leone and financed by Chinese development aid. They ask a pointed question: “Why would anyone want to build a wonderful school in the middle of what Africans call ‘the bush’?” As Acemoglu and Robinson […]

August 31st, 2015|Development, Finance|2 Comments|
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    Book Review: Magnificent and Beggar Land: Angola since the Civil War by Ricardo Soares de Oliveira

Book Review: Magnificent and Beggar Land: Angola since the Civil War by Ricardo Soares de Oliveira

Nick Branson praises Ricardo Soares de Oliveira’s Magnificent and Beggar Land: Angola since the Civil War as “perhaps the finest account of contemporary Angola available in English”.

This is the second monograph by Oxford lecturer in African politics, Ricardo Soares de Oliveira, but his first dedicated exclusively to Angola. Published forty years after the start of the civil war, […]

Poverty in the Midst of Plenty in Liberia

Robtel Neajai Pailey and Silas Kpanan Ayoung Siakor examine how investment into Liberia’s mining sector often fails to trickle down to local communities.

In front of a collection of sticks, torn plastic sheeting and broken pieces of harvester zinc held together by taut rope and shiny nails, 63-year-old Francis Selee stands stoic like a statue.

When Ebola charged through Liberia, leaving […]

May 6th, 2015|Resources|0 Comments|
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    A revised DR Congo mining code could lead to a decrease in Chinese investment in the country

A revised DR Congo mining code could lead to a decrease in Chinese investment in the country

As China shows indications of being willing to fall in line with international standards on procuring conflict minerals, Sophie Wintgens examines the strategic issues facing China as DR Congo seeks to revise its mining code.  

In comparison to its strong historic ties with the rest of sub-Saharan Africa, China’s entry into DR Congo came late but it was swift […]

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    The China-Africa relationship and what Africa can do to profit

The China-Africa relationship and what Africa can do to profit

LSE’s Martin Namasaka reflects on the positives and negatives of the relationship between China and Africa and how African leaders can maximise Chinese investment for the continent’s good.
“We don’t look to Africa simply for its natural resources; we recognise Africa for its greatest resource, which is its people and its talents and their potential. We don’t simply want to […]

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    Sino-pessimism on the rise in Cameroon as Chinese sex labour migrants gain popularity

Sino-pessimism on the rise in Cameroon as Chinese sex labour migrants gain popularity

Basile Ndjio says that the influx of young Chinese sex labour migrants is shifting perceptions of Sino-African relations in Cameroon.

In the city of Douala, Cameroon, Chinese goods now proliferate in local marketplaces, outmarketing locally manufactured products and, in the process, undermining the already fragile local industry. However, it is not only Chinese- sourced commodities that represent what some sections […]

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    Book Review – The New Kings of Crude: China, India and the Global Struggle for Oil in Sudan and South Sudan

Book Review – The New Kings of Crude: China, India and the Global Struggle for Oil in Sudan and South Sudan

Reviewed by Ed Reed

Sudan provided a proof of concept for Asian NOCs to move from serving domestic demand only, to engaging with all the profits – and problems – that come from international exploration and production, replacing a traditional Western super-major, Chevron. Since production started up in 1999, though, Asian NOCs have evolved, while the Sudanese and South Sudanese […]

October 10th, 2014|Book Reviews, Resources|1 Comment|

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