Doubts over African trade corridor plans

By Edd Gent Huge trade corridors crisscrossing Africa could cause “irrevocable” environmental damage without realising many of their supposed development benefits, say researchers. Centred on the construction of major roads or railways, these ‘development corridors’ have been touted primarily as a way to boost agricultural markets, mineral exports and economic integration. But an analysis of …

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View on Private Sector: New investors for East Africa

By Emese Balog Presidents and policymakers from countries in East and Central Africa met in Kampala, Uganda, earlier this month (6 June), to thrash out plans for economic integration. The summit saw the launch of a joint authority to fast-track 14 major infrastructure projects in the Northern Corridor region: a group of countries comprising Burundi, …

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Capsule Review: ‘Foreign Aid in Practice’ by Stephen Browne

This capsule book review first appeared in Volume 1, Number 1 of terra nova (Summer [North] Winter [South] 1991). Foreign Aid in Practice by Stephen Browne. (New York: Columbia University Press, July 1990). 283 pages, $60.00 cloth. Attempting both to explain and justify current foreign aid programs and practices, Foreign Aid in Practice is in …

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Africa News Headlines for 14 January 2015

Tanzania bans witch doctors to curb albino killings but ‘ghost’ persecution continues in Africa Source: International Business Times Study estimates 153,000 sex workers active in South Africa Source: Health-e Why Dumping Local Diet For Foreign Cuisine Is Dangerous For Africa Source: Ventures Africa How slow is South Africa’s internet speed, as per world rankings? Source: …

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Capsule Review: ‘Development in Practice: Paved with Good Intentions’ by Porter, Allen, & Thompson

This brief book review originally appeared in Volume 1, Number 1 of terra nova (Summer [North] Winter [South] 1991). Development in Practice: Paved with Good Intentions by Doug Porter, Bryant Allen, and Gaye Thompson. (New York: Routledge, Chapman & Hall, April 1991). 247 pages, $75.00 cloth, $25.00 paper. Three Australian researchers looked at a major …

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