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In 2017 ROAPE’s Jörg Wiegratz launched a debate series on roape.net to reflect on the state of research on capitalism in Africa. In 2017 we posted blogposts by Stefan Ouma on the historical context for such a debate in very different in the 1970s and...

This year the Ruth First prize for the best article published by an African author in ROAPE in 2016 was shared between two contributors. Namely, Grasian Mkodzongi for his article entitled, ‘I am a paramount chief, this land belongs to my ancestors: The reconfiguration of rural...

My students make me much more optimistic about the future of Africa’s political economies. Unwilling to accept the criticism with which academics attack almost every actor involved in African development including politicians, businesspeople, international organisations and multilateral institutions, my students don’t just want to stand...