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Author: roape1974

Based on his ROAPE paper, Luc Reydams writes that the post-genocide Rwandan government made it clear that foreign help with demographic and forensic investigations was neither appreciated nor needed, and proceeded with its own counts of genocide victims. This blogpost argues that the official death toll in Rwanda roughly doubled the number of genocide victims. Reydams provides insight into how history and myth has been created in the new Rwanda....

The Review of African Political Economy is looking for two affiliates to join the journal’s Editorial Working Group for a year starting from January 2021. We are particularly interested in applications from activists in the African diaspora who have a passion and a focus on Africa’s politics, history, and economics....

Based on interviews and ethnographic fieldwork in Western Kenya, Mario Schmidt argues that local interpretations of GiveDirectly’s unconditional cash transfer program unmask how the NGO’s ‘myth of unconditionality’ obscures structural inequalities of the development aid sector. Schmidt argues that in order to tackle these structural inequalities, cash transfers should be ‘ungifted’ and viewed as debts repaid and not as gifts offered....

This blogpost is about a new social movement, the C-19 People’s Coalition (C19PC) that has developed in South Africa in response to the Covid-19 crisis. Activist and researcher, Kate Alexander examines the Coalition’s Gauteng Community Organising Working Group. She highlights the issue of hunger as the government’s chief failing and as a spur for social movement organising....

This open letter calls for economic and monetary sovereignty in Africa and implementing an alternative, radical economic development model on the continent. These demands for deep structural reforms are urgent for the continent’s development and to strengthen the resilience of societies in the face of the pandemic. We call on our readers to sign the letter....

In a major article published in ROAPE, and now available to access for free, Matteo Capasso re-frames the war in Libya by showing how US-led imperialism underlies the ongoing war and militarism that have contributed to the destruction of the country. In this blogpost, Capasso argues that war, militarism and killing have imposed themselves as new mechanisms of social reproduction and capital accumulation at the global level....

Walter Rodney’s influence on radical political economy and history, on subjects that continue to be of central importance to the Review of African Political Economy, is immense. To mark the continued vibrancy of his ideas and work, roape.net is hosting an on-going debate on Walter Rodney’s legacy....

ROAPE believes that our times are radical, and we need to radicalise with them in theory and practice - we have been attempting to do this. We inform our readers and supporters that in order to return revived and refreshed to the struggles we have been covering, ROAPE will be pausing activities in August on journal production and the website and social media....

ROAPE’s Tunde Zack-Williams discusses the extraordinary Black Lives Matter movement in the context of African studies and the radical left. For those of us who work, research and study in the narrow discipline of ‘African studies’, including in ROAPE, we need to break down the disciplinary barriers between continents and people - we make a number of relevant key texts from our archive available below the blogpost....