Developing Compatible Financial Infrastructure within Africa’s Informal Economies

Sam Henderson proposes a three-part solution for African economies to maximize their potential by building an infrastructure centered around their informal nature. In the past, we have seen how the mere mention of growth has led to the formation of exuberant expectations causing companies to be pumped with money, inflating markets before a crash. So why have we not seen an influx... Continue Reading →

COVID-19 In Africa: Subverting Dismal Predictions

Ines Renee discusses Africa’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and how the continent appears to have avoided the grim predictions made in March.  When news of COVID-19 first began to rapidly spread in early March, scientists and journalists were quick to make predictions of Africa’s ‘impending doom’. And yet, six months later, Africa has had the lowest amount of total reported cases apart from... Continue Reading →

Misleading Aid: The Harmful Effects of Humanitarianism in Africa

 Jannah Babar ponders the possible harmful effects of humanitarian aid work within Africa, and how it can be characterized as a form of neo-colonialism.   Since their independence, African countries have been on the receiving end of foreign-humanitarian aid. Despite its altruistic perception and successful initiatives, it is becoming increasingly apparent that the concept of aid ultimately creates a dependency dialectic and, in some ways, iterates neo-colonialist undertones. Issues that aid seek to tend to, like poverty, are created and carefully moulded by economic institutions or... Continue Reading →

Before They Become Europe’s Problem: The Disregarded Lives of African Refugees and Migrants in Libya  

Kiran Hughes discusses the human rights crisis in Libya regarding the largely forgotten refugees and migrants trapped in detention centers within a nation on the brink of economic and political collapse.  Since 2015, hundreds of thousands of African migrants and refugees have traveled to Libya in the hopes of crossing the Mediterranean and resettling in Europe (Darme and Benattia 2017). While there has... Continue Reading →

The Unequal Valuation of African Art

Alex Dano highlights the extreme undervaluation and underrepresentation of African artists today and offers multiple approaches that institutions and students can take to dismantle these inequities.   A capitalist economy requires that all goods and services are assigned a monetary value—but can we trust these valuations? Instituting a monetary value on a nonfunctional object—such as art—is a contentious matter, as the... Continue Reading →

An unexpected pairing: Morocco’s forgotten history of coexistence with Jews

Livian Stokes details Morocco's rich Jewish history, and the necessity to preserve it amidst the ongoing threat of cultural amnesia.  On a windy Sunday afternoon, I wandered the narrow, curving cobblestone paths of Essaouira, Morocco’s medina. I was trailing behind a group of  Israeli Jews who had returned to Morocco to remember their roots and family history. Historical anecdotes... Continue Reading →

‘Fixing’ Africa’s infrastructure: But at what price?

Problematising Chinese infrastructure development in Africa Tim Zajontz is a PhD Candidate at the School of International Relations, University of St Andrews, and chairperson of the Germany-based, non-profit organisation Freundeskreis Uganda e.V. 8,500,000,000,000 Ugandan Shilling. This is roughly the volume of a loan which the Ugandan government currently negotiates with China’s state-owned Exim Bank. The sheer... Continue Reading →

Of decolonial imaginings in Black Panther

Muneerah Razak is a Research Associate at the Middle East Institute (MEI), National University of Singapore. She studied Arabic and International Relations at the University of St Andrews from 2011-2015 and continued to pursue a Masters in Middle East Politics at SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Her current research focuses... Continue Reading →

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