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Current Affairs


Currency devaluation: Reasons and effects

Nov 10, 2020
Editorial Commentary. The massive devaluation of the Naira by the CBN has left Nigerians scratching their heads and each others head...

US Special Operations Forces Rescue American Hostage In Nigeria

Nov 01, 2020
Editorial Commentary by John O. Ifediora. On October 31, 2020, the US State Department confirmed that an American who had been taken hostage in Niger was rescued by US Special forces in Nigeria...

Money Laundering and Trans-Organized Financial Crimes in Nigeria.

Nov 01, 2020
Owalabi Bakre.* Nigeria loses US$600 million annually to money laundering. Between the mid-1980s and 1999, Nigeria lost US$100billion to money laundering...

Black Lives Matter Protests in Africa Shine Light on Local Police Brutality

Oct 10, 2020
  Protesters hold signs and placards during a demonstration against police killings and brutality, in the Mathare slum in Nairobi, Kenya, June 8, 2020...

Development and Security Matters


The Ills of Absolute Corruption: Equatorial Guinea Deserves Better

Nov 12, 2020
Fleet of luxury cars including Ferraris and Lamborghinis worth more than $20m are sold at auction after Swiss authorities seized them from son of Equatorial Guinea's president in money-laundering probe...

Nigerian Youths Have Spoken, Is The Government Listening? It Should.

Nov 01, 2020
Commentary by International Crises Group on Nigeria's #ENDSARS protest* Unprecedented protests against police brutality have spun into deadly clashes in several major Nigerian cities...

Why Norway is not panicking about the oil price collapse

Nov 01, 2020
Paul Buvarp. Norway’s petroleum sector is its most important industry. The petroleum sector accounts for 21...

Solving the energy poverty problem in sub-Saharan Africa

Oct 30, 2020
John O. Ifediora. Sub-Saharan Africa has the dubious distinction of having the lowest electricity generation capability, and its inhabitants suffer the most debilitating energy poverty in the world...

Academic Papers

Why Doesn’t Capitalism Flow to Poor Countries?

Oct 29, 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...
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Turning The Natural-Resource Curse Into What It Should Be – A Means To National Prosperity

Oct 20, 2020
John O. Ifediora. It is the irony of human nature, and indeed the incentive mechanism inherent in social institutions, that some societies less endowed by nature strive harder to improve their collective lot, and in many instances succeed in achieving their development objectives more frequently than their counterparts with more favorable allotments of natural resources...

Poor Men With Money: On The Politics of Not Studying The Poorest Of The Poor In Urban South Africa

May 14, 2020
James Williams. Poverty and violence crisscross ethnographies of the African city. This is especially pronounced in anthropological research from South Africa, where considerable efforts are made to describe and document poverty and violence across segregated cityscapes...

Innovative Development Strategies In Africa

May 11, 2020
Rejoice Ngwenya. Africa’s real per capita income today is lower than in the 1970s, leaving many African countries as poor as they were forty years ago...

Book Reviews


The Next Factory of the World

Nov 01, 2020
Irene Yuan Sun. China is now the biggest foreign player in Africa. It's Africa's largest trade partner, the largest infrastructure financier, and the fastest-growing source of foreign direct investment...

Africa Resest

Nov 01, 2020
Edited by Dr. Theodore Ahlers and Edited by Dr. Harinder S. Kohli. This book assesses the challenges and provides concrete policy recommendations that can be taken by Africa's leaders and citizens in the key areas to reset their economic trajectory, achieve their desired convergence, and meet the aspirations of their people...

Sustainable Development and Human Rights in Africa

Nov 01, 2020
Picard, Buss, Seybolt, and Lelei. Many new development initiatives have been introduced in Africa over the past few decades...

Failed States and the origins of violence

Oct 30, 2020
Tiffiany Haward. Reviewed by Martin Meeùs. Terrorism and other forms of political violence are more present than ever in modern societies but are unequally spread around the globe...