Ramaphosa’s choice for the declining ANC

Despite South Africa’s re-election of Cyril Ramaphosa, a reduced majority and low voter turn-out signal growing disenfranchisement among the population. Amid dissent in the ruling ANC, Ramaphosa must now make a choice to tackle the country’s economic challenges – should he seek political alliances which risk his party’s collapse?

There is an old Dutch story of a little boy named […]

Zimbabwe’s land reform and white farmer compensation

To bolster a struggling economy, President Mnangagwa is launching a new programme to address the socio-economic consequences of Robert Mugabe’s land reform programme in the early 2000s. Despite limited investment, argues Wandile Sihlobo, the Zimbabwean government’s approach is critical for building credibility in its reform agenda at home and internationally.

When Emmerson Mnangagwa assumed office as President of Zimbabwe in […]

Should politicians in Nigeria give money to the poor?

Is ‘patrimonial politics’ bad for Africa? Or might distributing cash actually be an integral part of good governance? LSE’s Portia Roelofs draws on her recent publications on Nigerian politics to tackle one of the most important debates in democracy and development: should politicians give money to the poor?

All politics involves distribution. Indeed, many would claim that politics is at […]

Sudan: from economic crisis to the question of inclusivity

The same historic factors that led to Sudan’s ousting of Omar al-Bashir create challenges for building a new society. To achieve liberal democracy, Sudan must look beyond elite interests to reach political agreement for a future based on diversity and pluralism.

Following a military coup in 1989, civil order in Khartoum gave way to three decades of political corruption, a […]

The commodification of women and girls in South Sudan

Encouraging women and girl’s economic independence without considering the realities of underlying power structures will perpetuate their subordinate position. Far from existing in a vacuum, in South Sudan sexual violence is rooted in everyday structural violence, connected to the local political economy of bridewealth.

At the end of November 2018 an estimated 150 women and girls were raped while walking […]

The charcoal challenge in DRC’s Virunga

The charcoal trade in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been framed as an issue of transnational organised crime, omitting the importance of the trade for local populations. Current strategies of heavy law enforcement consequently fail to gain public support, and will remain ineffective.

Virunga National Park in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) was recently reopened for tourists, after […]

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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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    #PublicAuthority: What should the IMF do differently in Fragile States?

#PublicAuthority: What should the IMF do differently in Fragile States?

Duncan Green sets out how the International Monetary Fund can improve its engagement with fragile states.

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

I took part in a really interesting discussion about the role of the IMF in fragile states in October 2017. Chatham House rules, so no names, no institutions. The Fund […]

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    Bribery, Cooperation, and the Evolution of Prosocial Institutions

Bribery, Cooperation, and the Evolution of Prosocial Institutions

LSE’s Michael Muthukrishna discusses how the science of cooperation and cultural evolution will give us new tools in combating corruption.

There is nothing natural [1] about democracy. There is nothing natural about living in communities with complete strangers. There is nothing natural about large-scale anonymous cooperation. Yet, this morning, I bought a coffee from Starbucks with no fear of being poisoned or […]

November 13th, 2017|Economics, Featured|0 Comments|
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    There is No “Case for Colonialism”: insights from the colonial economic history.

There is No “Case for Colonialism”: insights from the colonial economic history.

Yannick Dupraz and Valeria Rueda discuss why colonialism is not a development policy to be judged on the basis of a careful cost-benefit analysis.


Third World Quarterly recently published a paper in which Bruce Gilley, a political scientist, argues in favour of a modern and improved colonialism. Internally, its argument is profoundly inconsistent, and Sahar Khan already had the patience […]

October 17th, 2017|Economics, Featured|2 Comments|

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