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Africa Tag

In a review of an important recent book on the origins of capitalism, Andy Wynne argues that the authors provide an important introduction towards a truly global history of capitalism. The development of capitalism in Western Europe was possible because of its ‘backwardness’ and with the vital inputs and roles of a range of more advanced non-European societies. ...

Heike Becker writes about the recent European Conference on African Studies (ECAS) in Basel, Switzerland, the 7th of the now well-established bi-annual gatherings of the European African Studies network AEGIS. Becker observes that epistemological queries were key to the conference, with important questions raised about how knowledge of the continent is produced. ...

Peter Waterman, who died on 16 June, remained committed until the very last to internationalism and the key role that labour must play in any transformation to a post-capitalist order. In this obituary for roape.net Peter Cole writes how Waterman appreciated, better than most, the failures of Marxism and the Soviet Union. Writing for years about Africa, Waterman relentlessly promoted international solidarity, as a force, a movement, and a theory. Cole celebrates the exemplary life of a scholar-activist. ...

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 on the side-lines and analyse the problems, rather they want to get onto the pitch and find ways to change the world. This mission is particularly strong among my students from African countries, who see development, not as an abstract concept, but as a concrete and tangible future they want for their societies. Inspired by our students, this year, Thandika Mkandawire and I decided to ask our African Development course students at the LSE to write critical and thoughtful blog-posts about the most pressing issues concerning economic and social development within African countries. We then asked students to vote on the...

Continuing the debate about Rwandan poverty statistics, Sam Desiere argues that with an inflation rate of 30% - which is more in line with ‘real’ inflation - poverty has increased in Rwanda. His findings raise concerns, not only for Rwanda’s (rural) policies (and poor), but also for international donors that have presented Rwanda as a model for development....

Laura Mann writes about a workshop on Africa’s growing youth populations. Participants discussed the challenge that African societies face in reimagining their economies and social policies in light of this demographic pressure. These pressures were not relieved by the recent economic boom within African countries which has been resource-intensive and “jobless”. ...

For too long growth has not been seen for what it is: an ideology invented to defend capitalism. In this blog Franklin Obeng-Odoom looks at the consequences for Africa of this deception. He argues that economics has attained its imperial status not because of strong and rigorous methodology or even its better use of data, but, largely, because it serves an ideological role. It is this ideology that sustains the position of ‘economic science’....

Jointly published by Jacobin and ROAPE, David Seddon writes about Che Guevara's doomed, heroic mission to the Congo in 1965. Seddon argues that Che Guevara’s expedition in the Congo, though ill-fated, stands as a crucial example of anti-imperialist solidarity. In the blog-post Seddon charts the failures of the expedition and draws the lessons....

In this far-reaching and provocative contribution to roape.net's debate on capitalism in Africa, Elísio Macamo argues that instead of discussing whether “Capitalism” as such is a valid concept or a useful description of social phenomena in Africa, we should interrogate how concepts developed in very specific times and places under specific circumstances can be usefully deployed in other settings. ...