Africa’s Unraveling Economic Boom

Negotiating East Africa’s Tech Ecosystem

July 22, 2014 by Owen Sanderson
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Kenya’s promising tech ecosystem is on the rise. Sparked by a handful of vocal bloggers—and sustained by cheap Internet, ubiquitous cellphones, and new international investment—Kenya is angling to be the next Seoul or San Francisco.

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The Economic Promise of the East African Railway

July 16, 2014 by Patrick Malone
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The East African Railway will connect East Africa from Mombasa, Kenya to Bujumbura, Burundi, inaugurating a new age of African infrastructure investment. But will the East African Community be able to overcome the challenges to completing the project?

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Africa Rising

July 11, 2014 by Robert Rotberg
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Robert I. Rotberg was Academic Vice President of Tufts University before becoming President of Lafayette College and returning to Harvard University. He is the Founding Director of the Harvard Kennedy School Program on Intrastate Conflict and President Emeritus of the World Peace Foundation. Among his books are Africa Emerges: Consummate Challenges, Abundant Opportunities (2013) and Transformative Political Leadership: Making a Difference in the Developing World (2012). He blogs as Africa and Asia: the Key Issues.

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South Sudan’s Preventable Crisis

July 8, 2014 by Christopher Zambakari
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The donor community assumption in South Sudan equates development with stability, leading to a focus on delivering services at the expense of aiding the growth of a stable nation. This technical exercise failed to view nation building for what it really is—a political process.

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Could Intra-African Trade Drive More Equitable Growth?

June 24, 2014 by Brian Kurbis
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Supporting intra-African trade liberalization requires a “rethink,” in which policymakers take into account the dynamics and systems of the political economy and interests of elites in sub-Saharan African countries.

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Politics and Productivity Growth in Africa

June 17, 2014 by Steven Block
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Economic and political reforms have been critical for Africa’s recent economic growth. Yet recent political trends on the continent raise concerns of backsliding in the near future.

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