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  1. Impacts of investment arbitration against African states

    • Bettina Müller, Cecilia Olivet
    08 October 2019

    By the end of August 2019, African States had been hit by a total of 106 known investment treaty arbitration claims.  This represents 11% of all known investor-state disputes worldwide. Between 2013 and 2018, there has been an unprecedented boom of claims against African governments. During these last six years, they received more investor claims than the previous 20 years combined. This paper exposes how the international investment regime affects African countries.

  2. Rethinking Corporatization and Public Services in the Global South

    16 March 2015
    Book

    After three decades of privatization and anti-state rhetoric, government ownership and public management are back in vogue.

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    The Growing Importance of Africa to China

    07 May 2013
    In the media

    Currently Africa, and primarily the countries of Angola, Nigeria, and the Sudan, provides 25% of China’s petroleum imports.

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    Walden Bello: Structural Adjustment Programmes dictated by the IMF and World Bank destroyed African agriculture

    Ama Biney
    22 September 2009
    In the media
    How is it possible that in the 21st century the world has the capacity to feed every single human being on the planet, yet the majority of people in Africa and the rest of the Global South go rampantly hungry?
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    Where are the EPA Impact Assessments

    Moyiga Nduru
    10 May 2007
    In the media
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    Give and Take

    • David Sogge
    30 April 2002
    Book
    Foreign aid is supposed to be benign and selfless, yet often harms more than it helps, and benefits givers more than receivers. This thoughtful book argues that aid must be made less of a problem, more of a solution.
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    Repairing the weakest links: a new agenda for fragile states

    • David Sogge
    27 October 2009

    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.

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    Global Inequalities, Alternative Regionalism and the Future of Socialism

    • Tom Reifer
    30 August 2011
    Paper

    This paper examines global inequalities and the future of capitalism and socialism through an investigation of the oligarchic wealth on which the current global order is based and also looks at growing challenges to these social foundations of the present global system.

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    Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs)

    11 June 2007
    Policy briefing

    This paper highlights the negative effects of liberalisation of trade and investment within weaker economies and, in particular, how EU trade agreements undermine existing efforts towards developmental integration in ACP regions.

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    The Democratisation of Disempowerment

    • Jochen Hippler
    01 October 1995
    Book
    The market-oriented democratisation of the Third World has been developed by Western powers as a policy that fuses both democratic rhetoric and support for more pluralist policies in the Third World, with the pursuit of Western interests.
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    African political unity must be more selective: A blueprint for change

    • William Gumede
    22 September 2011
    Paper

    There cannot be any clearer illustration of the impotence of Africa’s continental and regional institutions to find local solutions to the continent’s problems, than their numbing inaction in the face of the wave of popular rebellions against dictators in North Africa sweeping across the continent.

     
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    Zimbabwe’s ”look east” policy: a poisoned chalice?

    Senator Obert Gutu
    08 December 2009
    In the media

    China, as one of the world’s fastest growing economies, has a voracious appetite for Africa’s vast and in some cases, untapped natural resources.