African elites, together with the West and now China, are still making Africans progressively poorer, thanks to the extraction of raw materials.
The challenges facing policy makers, analysts and activists dedicated to formulating environmentally sound, social and economically sound trade policies demand that we redefine the role and purpose of trade altogether.
Underneath the corporate marketing of the Fifa World Cup being hosted in South Africa is a worrying picture of poverty and exclusion, corporate domination and simmering xenophobic nationalism.
Harold Liversage, the Land Tenure Adviser for the International Fund for Agricultural Development argues that responsible investment in agriculture is possible if voluntary guidelines are backed up by an empowered civil society.
After the failure of water privatisation in Tanzanian capital Dar es Salaam water services have been reclaimed back in to public hands.
In the context of the upcoming Doha Round of WTO Negotiations in Geneva (28 November-2 December 2009) and the ongoing Economic Partnership Agreements negotiations, this debate will present different views on what policy measures are needed in response to the global economic crisis in order to address the developmental needs of the people of the ACP countries.
In order for fragile states and the concept of state weakness to be properly understood, they need to be considered in the contexts of political economy and world history. Four apparently disparate cases – Guatemala, Haiti, Kosovo and Angola – show surprising similarities, and highlight common lessons for international state-building efforts.