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ROAPE’s Laura Mann discusses a recent workshop held at the London School of Economics on 3 May, which brought together leading economic geographers and political economists to discuss new prospects for industrialization and transformation in African countries in light of shifts in the global economy....

ROAPE's Leo Zeilig talks to Yao Graham about radical political economy in Africa, structural transformation and the legacy of neo-liberalism on the continent. In the short video clip included in the interview Graham speaks about the struggle for justice and change in Ghana. Graham is the co-ordinator of Third World Network in Accra, Ghana and the Africa Editor of ROAPE....

In October 2014 the World Bank presented its “South Africa Economic Update No 6” concluding: ‘The fiscal system is already achieving a lot of redistribution, and there is little space left in the government’s purse to do more to alleviate poverty and inequality via fiscal policy.’ The report became a part of the ideological foundation of the 2016/17 budget, which fell short of protecting 16 million South Africans from real cuts in their social grants. Dick Forslund exposes the fundamental errors in the report....

In this challenging discussion of student movements and universities in Africa and India, Amrita Pande, Faisal Garba and Ruchi Chaturvedi ask how can university communities’ articulate forms of just belonging, which counters new hierarchies and old? How can we undo the legacies of colonialism and the inequalities of a growth-based model not in a way that simply overturns old hierarchies to place the ones on bottom on the top, but in a way that possibilities of such stratification are themselves displaced. ...

Raymond Sango writes about the Chiadzwa mining area in Zimbabwe, describing the dramatic ‘diamond rush’ following the expiration of DeBeers mining licence in 2006, the massacre of informal workers in the area in 2008 and the ‘looting’ partnership between government bureaucrats, Chinese and other foreign companies which has limited the potential of diamond production to improve the lives of ordinary Zimbabweans...

Claims of rigging aside, Uganda’s opposition leader, Kizza Besigye, and the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) clearly made significant inroads into various regions in the country’s recently concluded general elections. This achievement was particularly striking in the Acholi sub-region where voting highlights the limits of money and intimidation, and the importance of persuasion. ...