Why Joseph Kabila Will Cling on to Power

As we slowly approach November 2016, it is becoming increasingly clear that Joseph Kabila will extend his stay in power. Despite the Congolese president remaining mum on the subject, his supporters tried (unsuccessfully) to extend his stay by mandating a census before the 2016 general elections, but that option was killed off after mass protests nationwide. … More Why Joseph Kabila Will Cling on to Power

Why Industrial Policy is not a solution for Africa’s problem

Since the early 2000s, sub-saharan African countries have experienced modest economic growth thanks to China’s growing appetite for commodities, macroeconomic stability, and strengthening political institutions. This growth has led many Western media outlets such as the Economist to get cheery about the continent’s economic prospects. In his recent post for the blog africascountry, Zambian PhD candidate in economics, Grieve Chelwa, … More Why Industrial Policy is not a solution for Africa’s problem

Structural Reforms are Needed in South Africa

Last month (May 2014), the African National Congress (ANC), as expected, won its fifth consecutive general elections victory in South Africa with more than 62 percent of the votes despite a 25.2 percent unemployment rate, growing inequality, and sluggish economic growth. Even though Nelson Mandela’s party continues to enjoy strong supports due to its historical role … More Structural Reforms are Needed in South Africa