Why Obama’s South Sudan Approach Is Flawed



Critics of President Barack Obama’s Iranian nuclear agreement believe his position is that any deal is better than no deal. He seems to be taking that same stance in dealing with the horrifying civil war in South Sudan...


Untaxed Globalisation


Most of the world’s governments - eager to mobilise more tax revenues to finance development and curb pervasive tax-avoidance schemes, such as those revealed in the Luxembourg Leaks scandal last year - have an interes...


Snags of Transformation


In the last decade, Africa has seen a remarkable turnaround. Africa's real gross domestic product (GDP) has more than doubled since 2000, and in 2014, six of the world's 10 fastest-growing countries were in sub-Saharan A...


Dreams versus Targets


In 1950, people in South Korea and Pakistan earned roughly the same amount of money annually. Today, the two countries are scarcely comparable. South Korean’s per capita income has grown 23-fold since then, while Pak...


A Call for Action


The past 15 years have yielded unprecedented gains in the fight against extreme poverty and hunger, with emerging economies heralding record economic growth. The number of people living in extreme poverty is half of what...


The Biofuel Myth


Over the past several years, biofuels have become a bone of contention. For some, a renewable energy source produced from organic matter amounts to a magic wand in the fight against climate change. But others view biofue...


The Illicit Outflow Havoc


How is it that some of the countries endowed with enormous natural resource wealth remain some of the poorest nations in the world? Global Financial Integrity (GFI) estimates that developing and emerging economies los...


Towards Good Enough Governance


Development and improved governance have tended to go hand in hand. But, contrary to popular belief, there is little evidence that success in implementing governance reforms leads to more rapid and inclusive economic and...


Migration Realism


The scenes of death and misery that are occurring with increasing frequency in the waters of the Mediterranean and Southeast Asia have focused renewed attention on one of mankind’s oldest activities: migration. It is t...


The Logistics Conundrum


Logistics is a critical yet easily neglected component of economic development. Investment in agriculture is futile, if there is no supply chain in place to get produce to market. Essential medication is rendered ineffec...


Making the Next 15 Years Count


Africa faces two key challenges to achieve its full potential. The remarkable economic progress of the last 15 years must be sustained. And this progress must be broadened to include the many millions of people who have...


Africa Awakens


Sub-Saharan Africa in general, and Francophone Africa in particular, stands at a metaphorical crossroad. A great number of long-time African rulers, many of whom came to power through coups, are facing pressure like neve...


The Underinvestment Constraint


When World War II ended 70 years ago, much of the world - including industrialised Europe, Japan, and other countries that had been occupied - was left geopolitically riven and burdened by heavy sovereign debt, with many...


The Future of Talent


When financial policymakers attempt to promote economic growth, they almost invariably focus on looking for new ways to unleash capital. But this approach risks giving short shrift to the role that talent plays in genera...


The Power of Engagement


For years, jihadi groups around the world have fought for the creation of an Islamic state. Across Syria and Iraq, and now parts of Libya, Egypt and Nigeria, the Islamic State (IS) claims to have created one. Meanwhile,...


Ethiopia’s Dilemma


Following the victory at Adawa (1896), which underscored Ethiopia’s sovereignty, Ethiopia did not succumb to the horrific forces of colonialism, aside from the brief occupation by Italians in the late 1930s, followed b...


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Road maintenance in Addis Abeba has been a bone of contention between c...


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The manner in which the current leadership of the O...


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The concept of climate insurance is not new in developed countries, but...


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The recent passing of Professor Richard Pankhurst has been the news aro...


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