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Monday, April 7th, 2014

#HistoryClass: On Nigeria’s standing as Africa’s “biggest” economy

It took centuries before capitalism’s survival and future growth depended on an increase of the standards of living among the general population. This was reflected in the living standards of the people in the capitalist West. They were dirt poor as recently as the 1930s. From the early 20th century, and until the 1990s, the

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

In Search of the “African Middle Class”

“Africa Rising” stories have become old news in English-speaking media, so much so that Africa is a Country called them a meme not long ago. But only a few have run in French news outlets, and one...

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

Joyce Banda has bigger problems than Madonna

The historian Margery Perham once wrote that “the basic difficulty” with the British colonial technique of indirect rule, of which she was a major architect, was “the great gap between the culture of rulers and ruled.” “People...

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

More than one specter haunts South Africa

This week, the World Bank issued a report, South Africa Economic Update: Inequality of Opportunity. The report accurately and unsurprisingly details the depth of inequality in the new South Africa. For some, this report, and even more...

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

The (very unpopular) Nigerian finance minister who wants to be President of the World Bank

Yesterday the African Union added their backing to Nigerian finance minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala's run at becoming World Bank President. She announced her candidacy on Friday, just hours before Obama told everyone he'd picked South Korean-born rapper Jim...

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

An interview with the makers of ‘Quel Souvenir,’ a film about an oil pipeline between Chad and Cameroon

Twelve years after ground was first broken on an oil pipeline between Chad and Cameroon, the documentary film, Quel Souvenir explores the impact of this World Bank sponsored project on local communities from inland Chad to the...

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

In Praise of Wangari Maathai

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

’5 Networks that Matter in East Africa’

Rakesh Rajani, the head of Tanzanian “citizen-centered initiative”, Twaweza, on the “five key networks that need to be considered and collaborated with in development efforts.” According to the World Bank Blog Rajani’s insights are based on “years...

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

The World Bank is still saving Africa

Now they do it via social network games.

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

Neoliberalism for dummies

The best 10 minutes of free education you can get from a white guy in a white coat using a blackboard, a pump, a balloon and a wood contraption to explain neoliberalism.