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  1. The Rise of Border Imperialism

    Nick Buxton, Mark Akkerman
    01 October 2018
    Article

    Over a century after the original Scramble for Africa, European leaders are today imposing new forms of colonialism on the continent in the shape of militarized border controls.

  2. Expanding the fortress

    • Mark Akkerman
    11 May 2018
    Report

    The EU has made migration control a central goal of its foreign relations, rapidly expanding border externalisation measures that require neighbouring countries to act as Europe's border guards. This report examines 35 countries, prioritised by the EU, and finds authoritarian regimes emboldened to repress civil society, vulnerable refugees forced to turn to more dangerous and deadly routes, and European arms and security firms booming off the surge in funding for border security systems and technologies.

  3. Drought and the lure of agrarian populism: The case of Malawi

    • Sören Köpke
    15 March 2018
    Paper

    How do Malawi's politicians exploit the frequent drought-induced food crises for their own political gains?

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    Bottom Up Accountability and Securing Communal Land Rights in Cross River State

    01 October 2017
    Policy briefing

    Communities in Cross River State, Nigeria are losing access to the forest lands on which they depend for their livelihoods.

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    State of extraction: The new scramble for Africa

    • David Fig
    06 February 2014
    Report

    In recent years Africa has experienced waves of new investment, particularly in mining, energy and agriculture, and has seen elevated commodity exports. These flows are tantamount to a new scramble, creating wealth for foreign direct investors, some local entrepreneurs and a growing comprador class. Resources are typically exploited without raising the living standards of the people and at significant environmental cost. On the ground this has engendered significant resistance. The new scramble is a modification of traditional imperialist relationships which Africa experienced with former occupying colonial powers. But how do we understand the differences between the old and new scrambles? Who ultimately holds the power?

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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.

  7. Are African land grabs really water grabs?

    Jennifer Franco, Lyla Mehta, Gert Jan Veldwisch
    22 March 2013
    Article

    As land is grabbed and earmarked in Africa for supposed development, there are nearly always implications for the water nearby, for local people's land and water rights and environmental sustainability.

  8. The World Bank's Africa Strategy

    Patrick Bond
    08 June 2011
    Article

    Whose interest does the ten-year Strategy document for Africa actually serve? The World Bank has shown little insight into the real problems Africa faces, focusing instead on ineffective policies, support for repressive regimes and projects that are known to have failed.

  9. The politics of achieving the Right to Water

    Susan George, aleksej, Mthandeki Nhlapo, Peter Waldorff
    28 April 2011
    Article

    Privatisation offers nothing to the 43 percent of Africans in cities who have no access to water. On World Water Day 2011, experts met in Cape Town to share experiences of successful public-public partnerships for equal public access.

  10. Voices from the World Social Forum

    Susan George
    08 February 2011
    Article

    Although initiated as a counter-forum to Davos, the World Social Forum has evolved beyond it now, focusing on the root causes of problems facing humanity and developing real alternatives as solutions.

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    The WTO Doha round and EPAs in an era of crisis

    23 September 2010
    Article

    The language contained in agreements being negotiated by the EU through the WTO with their southern counterparts often deliberately diguises real political goals, obscuring the negative economic implications for those countries of the neoliberal agenda.

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    Implications of EPA/FTAs against developmental regional integration in Africa

    22 September 2010
    Article

    Why the EU's so-called "Economic Partnership Agreements" and free trade policies will have exactly the opposite effect of development on Least Developed Countries' economies.

  13. Is the water privatisation tide finally turning?

    21 September 2010
    Article

    The EU's announced fund of 40 million Euros to support “non-profit partnerships” of water and sanitation utilities in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific is the latest evidence that the corporate push for water privatisation has been forced on to the back foot.

  14. Is Africa still being looted?

    Patrick Bond
    19 August 2010
    Article

    African elites, together with the West and now China, are still making Africans progressively poorer, thanks to the extraction of raw materials.

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    Alternatives to the Current Global Trade System and Regime

    08 July 2010
    Article

    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.

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    Towards peoples alternatives in Africa and Europe (Francais)

    09 December 2007
    Article
    Nous, militants de la société civile engagés dans de nombreux mouvements de base et organisations citoyennes en Afrique et en Europe, nous sommes rencontrés à Lisbonne du 7 au 9 décembre 2007 pour exprimer notre opposition et notre résistance aux politiques néolibérales.
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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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    Angola: empowerment of the few

    David Sogge
    30 May 2007
    Article
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    China as 'partner' or neo-colonial operator in Africa ?

    Dot Keet
    25 May 2007
    Article

    Paper presented at the seminar China's New Role in Africa and the South:A search for a new perspective, parallel to the meeting of the African Development Bank (AfDB) in Shanghai, May 2007.Paper presented at the seminar China's New Role in Africa and the South:A search for a new perspective, parallel to the meeting of the African Development Bank (AfDB) in Shanghai, May 2007.

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