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Current Affairs

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Conference on the state of higher education convened in Abuja by Dakota Wesleyan University and The Centre for Leadership Studies of Nigeria Defence Academy.

Mar 15, 2020
Photo. Professors Ibrahim Gambari and John Ifediora. Abuja, Nigeria. The conference on “The State of Higher Education in Nigeria” held on March 12, 2020 in Abuja provided a forum for a serious national discussion on how well domestic institutions of higher learning in the country are preparing students and graduates for a 21st century economy with its attendant global implications...

Kenya Shows The Rest of Africa How to Run A Clean Government

Jan 10, 2020
Nairobi- A Kenyan governor accused of corruption was ordered to step down during his trial, a minister and his deputy were arraigned in court for alleged abuse of office...

Corrupt Kenyan Officials are Now Afraid to Steal Public Funds

Jan 10, 2020
Abdi Latif Dahir. The governor of Kenya’s capital city has made no secret of his love for bling: He has posted photos of a golden lion statue and a gilded dining room set, and has shown up at meetings draped in gold jewelry...

Alas! An African country that defies expectations

Dec 11, 2019
John Ifediora. In the annals of African development tragedies, a singularly isolated thought that any country in the continent would gain and sustain traction in its development trajectory would be both anachronistic and devoid of rational expectations...

Development and Security Matters


The Brain Drain from Nigeria Finds a New Home…..Canada

Jan 07, 2020
Yomi Kazeem. By most standards, Ezekiel is living the middle-class Nigerian dream. At 41, he works as a senior manager at a Lagos-based media company where he earns a healthy salary...

Development would continue to elude a country that fails to educate its citizenry.

Jan 06, 2020
John Ifediora. A long-standing economic theory commonly known as "Economic Convergence" postulates that as world economies develop they would inexorably attain the same level of development through trade based on comparative advantage, technology transfer through direct investment and job out-sourcing...

What Cultural traits engender economic development?

Jan 03, 2020
Francis X. Hezel, SJ. How Flat is the World? "The world is flat," Thomas Friedman has famously declared...
People pray for unity in the community , Thursday , Aug. 11, 2011 in Tottenham, north London. Britain's riots began Saturday when an initially peaceful protest over a police shooting in north London turned violent. That clash triggered wider lawlessness that police struggled to halt. Across London, and then in cities throughout England, rioters set stores on fire and looted shops for sneakers, bicycles, electronics and leather goods. (AP Photo/Karel Prinsloo)

The role of religion in African development

Jan 03, 2020
Religion in Africa. The last 60 years have witnessed the accession to sovereign status of dozens of former colonial territories and the birth of the modern development enterprise, but also a rapid secularisation of Western European societies especially...

Academic Papers

Why Doesn’t Capitalism Flow to Poor Countries?

Jan 04, 2020
Rafael Di Tella and Robert MacCulloch. Abstract. We find anecdotal evidence suggesting that governments in poor countries have a more left wing rhetoric than those in OECD countries...

The Cost And Benefit of Globalization: Who Are The Beneficiaries?

Jan 04, 2020
John Ikerd. Globalization has become a major public issue over the past decade.  Most of the recent controversy has centered on the World Trade Organization (WTO)...

Sovereignty Matters: Africa, Donors And The Aid Relationship

Dec 05, 2019
William Brown. This article critiques the predominant opinion that aid undermines the sovereignty of African states...

Globalization and International Civil Society: Is Human Rights still the Exclusive Preserve of States?

Nov 30, 2019
John Ifediora. Introduction The defeat of Germany in the Second World War, and the subsequent birth of the United Nations in 1945 ushered in the modern human rights regime...

Book Reviews


Dictatorland: The Men Who Stole Africa

Jan 10, 2020
Paul Kenyon. The dictator who grew so rich on his country's cocoa crop that he built a 35-story-high basilica in the jungles of the Ivory Coast...

Economic Policy and Human Rights

Jan 09, 2020
Radhika Balakrishnan and Diane Elson. Economic Policy and Human Rights presents a powerful critique of three decades of neoliberal economic policies, assessed from the perspective of human rights norms...

Economic Integration in East Africa

Jan 08, 2020
By Almas Heshmati. This edited volume focuses on economic integration, currency union, and sustainable and inclusive growth in East Africa...

The Dragon’s Gift: The Real Story of China in Africa

Jan 07, 2020
Deborah Brautigam. Highly topical. Draws on completely new research in China and Africa to provide the first comprehensive account of Chinese engagement in Africa...