Someone recently introduced me to the Afropop podcast. It is one of those things that, as a sampler (some might even say lover) of music from Africa and music of the African diaspora, I wonder how I just got to know about. The first one I listened to is a deep dive into the African… Read More »
Ed Morris – Ibeyi ‘The River’ from Rattling Stick on Vimeo.
Here’s the thing. When we talk about race relations in America or racial progress, it’s all nonsense. There are no race relations. White people were crazy. Now they’re not as crazy. To say that black people have made progress would be to say they deserve what happened to them before. Right. It’s ridiculous. So, to… Read More »
A really good article. It seemed like such a good idea at the time: A merry-go-round hooked up to a water pump. In rural sub-Saharan Africa, where children are plentiful but clean water is scarce, the PlayPump harnessed one to provide the other. Every time the kids spun around on the big colorful wheel, water… Read More »
A report done by the DIE for the GIZ (click the links to resolve the alphabet soup). From the Executive Summary: This report sheds light on some selected cases of recent progress by central banks in Africa in striking a balance between their multiple, and at times conflicting, objectives. Taking the cases of Kenya, Nigeria… Read More »
This paper considers the bi-regional relations between Europe and West Africa in the field of energy. As its point of departure, the paper begins by acknowledging the ferocity with which today’s energy landscape is changing. As important producers and consumers within this landscape, Europe and West Africa are subject to change, both intra- and inter-regionally.… Read More »
Actually, the full title of the note is: “Removing Barriers to Trade between Ghana and Nigeria: Strengthening Regional Integration by Implementing ECOWAS Commitments”: This note assesses the challenges that goods exporters within the region face when trying to benefit from the ECOWAS-wide Free Trade Area. It focuses on the experience of 30 exporting companies in… Read More »
A new essay reviewing recent literature and World Bank studies on the informal sector. From the abstract: Many countries have expressed an interest in the size, performance and motivation of the informal sector, especially where the informal sector provides the livelihood and employment for a critical segment of the population. This essay reviews recent literature,… Read More »