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In the third in a series of blogs for roape.net, writer and activist Lee Wengraf exposes some of the myths about corruption in Africa. The notion of “African corruption” persists despite the reality of widespread and established practices of illicit activity in the West, and, crucially, the contribution and culpability of Western corporations and governments to ‘African’ corruption....

Lee Wengraf unpicks the myths of Africa’s so-called 'resource curse', a term she argues that is profoundly ahistorical. Blaming a 'resource curse' purely on dictators and politicians, as many Western academics have argued, refuses to admit that the colonial pillage of Africa continues, now driven through trade rules, bilateral and multilateral arrangements, multinational companies and international agencies....

ROAPE's Hannah Cross introduces the new special issue on women, which deepens our understanding of women’s mobilisations in Africa and elsewhere. It also urges attention to gender relations in the analysis of contestations over land, labour, political rights and other forms of protest....

Marco Mondaini and Colin Darch look at the recent shifts in Brazil’s relationship to Africa. Since 2003 changes have created space for the development of research on Africa and the broadening of research perspectives on the continent, but they must be seen in a broader context of Brazil's modern engagement with the continent. Mondaini and Darch argue that the recent constitutional 'coup' in Brazil threatens the country's developing relationship with Africa....