Africa

Cutting Edge Issues in Development: Decolonizing Academia

On Friday 29 January Akosua Adomako Ampofo gave an online lecture, “(Still) Decolonizing Academia? Pain, Trauma, Imagining, Healing & Recovery” as part of the Cutting Edge Issues in Development Lecture series. Akosua Adomako Ampofo is a professor of African and Gender Studies at the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana (UG) and the President of the African Studies Association of Africa. […]

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    Citing Africa, Season 2: knowledge and technology in shaping economic and social development

Citing Africa, Season 2: knowledge and technology in shaping economic and social development

Citing Africa, Season 2 explores the role that knowledge and technology play in shaping economic and social development within African countries.

Episodes explores digital technologies and data in agriculture and health, public investment in higher education, and the way in which certain ideas and biases become hegemonic within international organisations working in African countries. Overall, this second season looks beyond […]

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    Cutting Edge Issues in Development – Why Development and Transformative Social Policy Matter: Lessons of COVID-19 in Africa

Cutting Edge Issues in Development – Why Development and Transformative Social Policy Matter: Lessons of COVID-19 in Africa

On Friday 20 November Professor Jimi Adesina gave an online lecture, ‘Why Development and Transformative Social Policy Matter: Lessons of COVID-19 in Africa’ in honour of Professor Thandika Mkandawire and as part of the Cutting Edge Issues in Development lecture series. Jimi Adesina is professor and the DST/NRF SARChI Chair in Social Policy at the College of Graduate Studies, University of […]

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    Cutting Edge Issues in Development – Panel on China in Africa

Cutting Edge Issues in Development – Panel on China in Africa

On Friday 30 October, guest lecturers Deborah Brautigam, Folashade Soule-Kohndou and Shirley Ze Yu delivered an online lecture on “China in Africa” as part of the department’s Cutting Edge Issues in Development lecture series. MSc International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies student, Otobong Mmah tells us what she took away from the lecture.

You can watch the guest lecture back on YouTube.  

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    An interview with Professor Thandika Mkandawire on African knowledge systems

An interview with Professor Thandika Mkandawire on African knowledge systems

In this special episode as part of the #CitingAfrica podcast series, the late Thandika Mkandawire talks to Dr Laura Mann about the impact of structural adjustment on African knowledge and economics, the role of CODESRiA in strengthening the autonomy of Africa-based research, and the ideas that have shaped and guided his prestigious career.

Speakers: Professor Thandika Mkandawire and Dr Laura Mann

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    To Ban or Not to Ban: the politics of African commodity processing promotion

To Ban or Not to Ban: the politics of African commodity processing promotion

African governments aiming to industrialize their economies often revert to export bans on raw commodities to promote processing industries. Intriguingly, these are introduced much more frequently on some processable commodities than others. Based on a recent World Development article, Dr Nicolai Schulz makes the argument that policy-makers avoid imposing export bans on commodities produced by a large share of […]

Botswana – an African economic miracle?

MSc Development Studies alum and PhD Candidate at the Centre of African Economies at Roskilde University, Tobias Wuttke, looks at Botswana as an example of economic success in Africa.  

On the rare occasion that international reporting on Botswana goes beyond the topic of elephants, there is often talk of the African miracle or an African success story. This is based on the […]

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    Perspectives from Africa: facilitating economic development in Nigeria

Perspectives from Africa: facilitating economic development in Nigeria

As part of a series on Development practice in Africa, Temi Phyllis Pratt (MSc Development Management) interviews key African stakeholders working on the continent to drive development across a number of sectors. In this second interview, Dr Amy Jadesimi, CEO of Lagos Deep Offshore Logistics Base (LADOL) discusses the role of the private sector in industrialising Africa and being […]

Who Shall Overcome?: Islamic Extremism in Northern Nigeria

Dr Kate Meagher tells us about Overcoming Boko Haram: Faith, Society and Islamic Radicalization in Northern Nigeria, a book she recently co-edited with the late Abdul Raufu Mustapha, that digs into the underlying causes of violent Islamic radicalisation in Northern Nigeria.

The rise of violent Islamic extremism in West Africa over the past decade took everyone by surprise. Terrorist outbreaks in north-eastern […]

The impact of sustainable finance on the African Continent

Alumn, Sebastian Petric and guest blogger, Merja Laakso, discuss the need to increase finance for clean energy markets on the African continent, and use the example of Beyond the Grid Fund for Zambia (BGFZ) as an initiative that addresses this gap. 

Poverty reduction has been one of the key objectives for developing country governments, as well as international development institutions for decades. In this […]