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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.

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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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    State crisis and regional projects in Africa

    Mariano Aguirre
    01 May 2006
    Article
  4. Are African lions really roaring? The Latest Fibs From World Financiers

    Patrick Bond
    12 May 2011
    Article

    The recent wave of Afro-optimism boasting of economical and technological growth on the continent fails to stand up under closer scrutiny, veiling the harsh reality faced by Africans today.

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    Why South Africa needs to oppose GATS

    Dot Keet
    08 December 2005
    Article
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    Angola: Global "Good Governance" Also Needed

    David Sogge
    01 June 2006
    Article
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    Crisis of the State and Civil Domains in Africa

    David Sogge, Mariano Aguirre
    01 December 2006
    Article
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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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    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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    Deadly mix in African elites

    William Gumede
    31 March 2008
    Article
  11. Land in Zimbabwe

    Ian Scoones
    27 September 2011
    Article

    Zimbabwe's political crisis staggers on, but the untold story is that the agricultural economy is recovering well. In-depth research in Masvingo province shows that despite abuses and corruption in land reform, there have also been successful results from land-redistribution.

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    Building Bottom-up Accountability in an Era of Land Grabbing in Sub-Saharan Africa

    01 October 2017
    Policy briefing

    Access to and control over land and associated natural resources play a key role in whether and how rural working people are able to build decent and dignified livelihoods, avoid or escape hunger, participate in decision-making, avoid or escape political exclusion and marginalization, and sustain collective identities and social reproduction processes.

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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.

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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.

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    Angola: The Client Who Came in from the Cold

    David Sogge
    01 October 2000
    Article
  18. 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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    Khat chewing in the Horn of Africa

    Antony Otieno Ong’ayo
    03 May 2007
    Article
     

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