Africa

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 […]

Alcinda Honwana on Youth Politics and Social Movements

MSc Development Management student, Faith Akor, covered the recent guest lecture from Alcinda Honwana, Strategic Director at the Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa, as part of the Cutting Edge Issues in Development Thinking and Practice lecture series. Faith gives her reflections on the lecture and tells us what she took away from the event.
The growing population of youth world over […]

Hyperinflation in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe’s inflation rates continue to grow exponentially year-on-year, as does the distrust over the government’s handling of the situation. Alum, Nathan Hayes, examines what lies ahead for the country. 

Inflation in Zimbabwe has hit 176% year-on-year, up from 98% y-o-y in May. When measured on a month-on-month basis, inflation came in at 39.3% in June. Inflation of more than 50% m-o-m constitutes hyperinflation.

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The role of China in the agricultural sector in Africa

On Monday, 11 February, some of the students of the Department of International Development attended a seminar given by guest lecturer Professor Tang Lixia on the role of China in the agricultural sector in Africa. Read about the seminar here.

In a 90-minute-long conversation, students were able to listen to Professor Tang Lixia’s presentation and ask burning questions on the […]

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    Cutting Edge Issues in Development: Don’t Panic, Prepare – Pathways for Inclusive Growth in the Digital Age

Cutting Edge Issues in Development: Don’t Panic, Prepare – Pathways for Inclusive Growth in the Digital Age

On 16 November, Stefan Dercon from Oxford University gave a lecture on “Pathways for Inclusive Growth in the Digital Age” for the ID Department’s Cutting Edge Issues in Development lecture series. Read about what two of the Department’s students took away from his lecture.

The fourth industrial revolution is the buzz-word of the decade. Here we are, living it, breathing […]

For African governments to intervene is reasonable

Managing Director for Mining Shared Value and department alumnus, Jeff Geipel responds to Peter Leon’s recent editorial for the Financial Times.  

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Peter Leon’s editorial “African nations must resist siren song of resource nationalism” (August 29) is a very problematic piece that cherry-picks outlier examples to attack what is a completely reasonable trend for African governments to intervene more in the mining sector […]

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    Digital Disruption?: The role of ICTs in reshaping African capitalism and catalysing development

Digital Disruption?: The role of ICTs in reshaping African capitalism and catalysing development

MSc African Development students, Jon Rothwell and Faith Mwachinga, discuss the need for a robust policy framework that captures the efficiency gains and commercial advantages attributed to Africa’s digital transformation.

The rapid digitization of African economies has resulted in increased optimism around the transformative nature of ICTs and their ability to enable developing countries to successfully integrate into the global economy. However, whether these […]

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    An experiment in participatory blogging on Ebola in Sierra Leone

An experiment in participatory blogging on Ebola in Sierra Leone

Professor in Practice Duncan Green interviews Professor Tim Allen and Melissa Parker to find out how and why they published a blog post ‘co-authored’ by the people of Mathiane, an Ebola affected village in Sierra Leone. 

Anthropologists do things differently, including blogging. My attention was piqued by Tim Allen’s reply to a commenter on his recent post (with Melissa Parker) on Ebola in Sierra Leone, in which he casually […]

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    Challenging humanitarianism beyond gender as women and women as victims #PressforProgress

Challenging humanitarianism beyond gender as women and women as victims #PressforProgress

Dorothea Hilhorst, Holly Porter and Rachel Gordon argue the lack of inclusivity in gender-targeted humanitarian aid has obscured other realities in which men and women assume different and more complex roles.

At the United Nations (UN) World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) in May 2016, ‘achieving greater gender equality and greater inclusivity’ was identified as one of the five key areas of […]

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    Cutting Edge Issues in Development: Achieving Prosperity for Africa

Cutting Edge Issues in Development: Achieving Prosperity for Africa

On Friday 3 March, Henrietta Moore, Director of the Institute for Global Prosperity at University College London, delivered a talk on achieving prosperity for Africa. Francesco Giacomini reflects on the lecture. 

It is the end of growth as we know it

Our story starts in Senegal. In 2014, President Macky Sall, declared that Africa is the land of opportunity for investments. He was right. […]