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    Book Review: Aid and Authoritarianism in Africa: Development without Democracy Edited by Tobias Hagmann and Filip Reyntjens

Book Review: Aid and Authoritarianism in Africa: Development without Democracy Edited by Tobias Hagmann and Filip Reyntjens

This is a wide-ranging volume which examines the intersection between the aid industry and African politics from a variety of perspectives. It should provoke new thinking among both academics and practitioners, says Nick Branson.

Tobias Hagmann and Filip Reyntjens seek to explore the “motives, dynamics and consequences of international aid given to authoritarian African governments”. The editors present donors’ […]

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    Far more than an all-Africa passport is needed for a fully-integrated continent

Far more than an all-Africa passport is needed for a fully-integrated continent

Samuel Baker analyses why an all-Africa passport is the right policy at the wrong time.

 

After thirty minutes at a standstill in traffic in Kigali on a motorbike, I ask Hodari, my driver what he thinks about the ongoing Africa Union (AU) summit. “It is a very good thing for the country because Rwanda will shine, but for me and […]

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    The African Union Summit could herald a new era of collaboration for the continent

The African Union Summit could herald a new era of collaboration for the continent

LSE’s Baptiste Marle reports on three positive outcomes from the 27th African Union Summit in Kigali.

 

From 10 to 18 July, the African Union (AU) held its 27th Summit in Kigali, Rwanda. An unprecedented number of current and former African heads of state gathered to discuss this year’s theme, Human Rights with a particular focus on the Rights of Women. […]

Technology could prove to be a gamechanger for Africa

In the fourth of a series of articles ahead of the 2016 LSE Africa Summit which will explore the themes of Challenging Conventions and Thinking Beyond Investment, Samuel Baker examines the potential technology has to boost Africa’s growth.

It is predicted that Africa’s population will peak at a quarter of the world’s population by 2050. Despite a rapidly growing population, […]

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    Rwanda’s Performance Contracts Could Serve as a Model for Other African Countries

Rwanda’s Performance Contracts Could Serve as a Model for Other African Countries

In the first of a series of articles ahead of the 2016 LSE Africa Summit which will explore the themes of Challenging Conventions and Thinking Beyond Investment, Samuel Baker argues that African countries should replicate Rwanda’s model of performance contracts to fight corruption as well as boost investment and economic growth.

Rarely in Africa will leaders apologise or face dismissal […]

Land leasing vs property tax?

African governments, and their international advisors, need to join up their thinking more effectively when pursuing ‘big urban reform’, says Tom Goodfellow.

Tax is back in fashion in international development circles.  We know that in the history of much of the world developing taxation systems was virtually synonymous with state-building; we believe that taxation enhances accountability and builds the ‘social […]

Delivering low income housing in Rwanda

Kigali should be an engine of growth and poverty reduction for Rwanda. But just 1,000 formal houses are built there each year, and most are too expensive for the majority low-income citizens. How can the government breathe life into the city’s low income housing market? Robert Buckley and Sally Murray discuss.

Rwanda is one of the least urbanised countries in […]

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    What can Rwanda’s dam building tell us about its politics?

What can Rwanda’s dam building tell us about its politics?

 Barnaby Dye gives a nuanced analysis about what Rwanda’s flagship dam project reveals about the country’s centralisation of power.

Rwanda has just completed its first large dam since the genocide (traditionally defined as one over 15 metres high). The Nyabarongo Dam will become the country’s primary power station and increase Rwanda’s power generation by a third. It is arguably the […]

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    Paying your soldiers and building the state in post-genocide Rwanda

Paying your soldiers and building the state in post-genocide Rwanda

Benjamin Chemouni relates how finding an efficient way to pay Rwandan soldiers became a crucial element of post conflict state-building. Ensuring soldiers have legal access to financial resources is crucial for the state to fulfil its primary mission: retain the monopoly of violence. As seen in the Democratic Republic of Congo, difficulties providing soldiers with adequate resources may result in […]

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Book Review: Rwanda and The Moral Obligation of Humanitarian Intervention by Joshua James Kassner

The 1994 Rwandan Genocide that took the lives of approximately 800,000 men, women and children is etched into our memories as one of the most acute failures of intervening in human rights violations. In Rwanda and The Moral Obligation of Humanitarian intervention, Joshua James Kassner contends that the international community had a moral obligation to intervene and therefore unrolls a convincing argument for […]

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