Africa dialogue

Contemporary Africa is faced with the reality of numerous evolving states that have to grapple with the inevitability of conflict. On their own, the fledgling institutions in these states cannot cope with the huge demands unleashed by everyday conflict. It is within this context that the complementarity between traditional institutions and the . . . → Read More: Africa dialogue

Africa can help feed Africa

Prices for basic staple food are back in the headlines—they are rising again. This is bad news for those among Africa’s poor who consume more food than what they can produce. Think especially of poor families living in cities: they spend the majority of their income on simple foodstuffs. Rising food prices . . . → Read More: Africa can help feed Africa

Africa’s development corridors

The Maputo Development Corridor is the largest and most successful development corridor initiative thus far in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region, if not within Africa as a whole. It has overcome a range of challenges to make a significant contribution towards regional economic integration. As such, it is an example . . . → Read More: Africa’s development corridors

Ghana makes progress against the ‘Resource Curse,’but challenges remain

Newcomers to Accra may be surprised to see evidence of corporate social responsibility strewn around Ghana’s capital city. Billboards and posters remind passers-by of the constant stream of summits, workshops and initiatives taking place to address the challenges posed by managing the country’s newfound oil reserves. . . . → Read More: . . . → Read More: Ghana makes progress against the ‘Resource Curse,’but challenges remain

GREAT Insights

Regional integration seems to be the name of the game these days. As the dynamics of the multilateral trade scene are fizzling out, regional trade agreements are multiplying at an unprecedented pace. A recognition of the reality that many national markets alone are simply too small, for selling products, attracting investment, stimulating . . . → Read More: GREAT Insights

Drug trafficking and the crisis of statehood in West Africa

Beginning in the middle of the last decade, the international community was alerted to the fact that drug trafficking in West Africa was in danger of spawning a series of near ‘narco–‐states’: countries whose economies, politics and social structures were being infiltrated and distorted by the drug trade.             . . . → Read More: Drug trafficking and the crisis of statehood in West Africa

Localizing development

Promoting participation through community development projects and local decentralization has become a central tenet of development policy. The World Bank alone has invested about $85 billion over the last decade on development assistance for participation. However, some observers feel that policy making in the area is conceptually weak, that project design is . . . → Read More: Localizing development

Looking to 2060

On the basis of 2005 purchasing power parities (PPPs), China is projected to surpass the Euro Area in a year or so and the United States in a few more years, to become the largest economy in the world, and India is projected to surpass Japan in the next year or two . . . → Read More: Looking to 2060

Deepening regional trade integration in goods and services

Regional trade integration has long been a strategic objective for Africa. However, the African market remains highly fragmented. While there has been some success in removing import duties within regional communities, a range of non-tariff and regulatory barriers still raise transaction costs and limit the movement of goods, services, people and capital . . . → Read More: Deepening regional trade integration in goods and services

The new face of poverty

To what extent do education, health and nutrition poverty rates differ by the spatial and social characteristics of households? And how has the composition of education, health and nutrition poverty changed since the 1990s in terms of the spatial and social characteristics of households? . . . → Read More: The New Face . . . → Read More: The new face of poverty

Africa – USA Relations

When I visited Tanzania in early 2009, small street shops were selling fabric with the face of Obama and the famous ‘Yes we Can’ election slogan printed on them.  Few months later, I bought a box of Obama gum from a store in Burundi. The box of gum was a special edition . . . → Read More: Africa – USA Relations