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    From Dahabshiil to World Remit: Why FinTech is transforming Somalia

From Dahabshiil to World Remit: Why FinTech is transforming Somalia

Zaineb Majoka explores the evolving world of mobile money in Somalia.

Somalia is fast becoming a cashless society through innovations in financial services (FinTech) in which people are increasingly using mobile money for everyday transactions such as buying groceries, paying bills, receiving salaries and remittances, and conducting business. This transition happened in response to the absence of a formal […]

What is the bushmeat crisis and why should we care?

Thibaut Vandervelden discusses how the growing appeal of bushmeat is destroying the second most biodiverse forest in the world.

Over a period of 12,000 years, humans have gone from living in a lush and verdant “garden of eden” to the advent of technological changes which has led to negative, as well as positive impact on our planet When the […]

Diaspora diaries and football politics

As with football, Africa risks losing its best and brightest to more advanced and  monied nations, says Ronak Gopaldas.
Football and politics have always enjoyed a fascinating relationship. During this year’s World Cup the political subtext was especially elevated, given the geo-political significance of the event being hosted in Russia. But beyond the obvious diplomatic undercurrent, the tournament brought a number […]

The Dangerous African Marriage of Religion to Tradition

Using Yoruba traditions as a reference, Foluke Adebisi explores the centuries’-long intertwining of religion and tradition in many African societies.

Increasingly, we see culture, religion and tradition being used as justification for legislative actions, administrative actions and executive policies. The effect of this is a blurring of the lines between the personal and the political spheres in African society. I suggest […]

February 6th, 2019|Featured, Society|0 Comments|
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    The romantic rewriting of Haile Selassie’s legacy must stop

The romantic rewriting of Haile Selassie’s legacy must stop

Yohannes Woldemariam trawls through the history books to expose the truths of Haile Selassie’s 44-year reign over Ethiopia.

Emperor Haile Selassie, who ruled Ethiopia from 1930 to 1974, died in 1975, but he lives on through the romantic lyrics of the late Jamaican reggae star Bob Marley and Ethiopian pop star, Tewedros Kassahun, better known as Teddy Afro.

Yet there is […]

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    Cattle raids, gunfights and tribal tensions during field work in Uganda #LSEreturn

Cattle raids, gunfights and tribal tensions during field work in Uganda #LSEreturn

While conducting research on post-conflict peace building interventions in northern Uganda, Francis Abonga is surprised to encounter a gunfight.

This article is part of our #LSEReturn series, exploring themes around Displacement and Return.

As northern Uganda continues to recover from the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) insurgency that ended in 2006, I had no idea some parts of the community are still experiencing […]

Reading List: Most popular book reviews of 2018

We couldn’t say goodbye to 2018 before sharing our top book reviews of the year, as voted by your clicks! Here they are:

Afrotopia by Felwine Sarr – Anna Wood calls “Afrotopia” an inspiring manifesto and metaphor for a new Africa.
The Oromo and the Christian Kingdom of Ethiopia 1300-1700 by Mohammed Hassen – Aleksander Engeskaug says this book is an important […]

When is Going with The Grain Making the Problem Worse?

In order to realise change, development practitioners sometimes make compromises with groups that do not always share the same ideals.  Following a recent workshop on social accountability, Tom Kirk and Annette JE Fisher reflect on the discussions held and ask when, and how, ‘going with the grain’ can make a problem worse.

 This article is part of the #PublicAuthority blog […]

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    What crop theft in northern Uganda tells us about relations between investors and communities

What crop theft in northern Uganda tells us about relations between investors and communities

In the Acholi sub-region of northern Uganda, commercial farmers are experiencing an increasing theft of maize. Arthur Owor and Carolin Dieterle explore the underlying reasons for this and draw attention to the need for more meaningful collaboration between investors and host communities.

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

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    The Age of Fraud: the link between capitalism and profiteering by deception

The Age of Fraud: the link between capitalism and profiteering by deception

Jorg Wiegratz argues that a de-Africanisation of the debate about fraud in the region is due and that the relationship between capitalism and fraud deserves far more analytical attention than it receives to date. 

Fraud is an issue that haunts many contemporary societies around the globe, including in East Africa. I have been researching the topic of economic trickery for […]

November 13th, 2018|Featured, Society|0 Comments|

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