Tag Archive for Africa Notes

Africa Notes: WTO Roundup






The WTO and Sustainable Development Lesotho Ambassador Mothae Maruping is the current chair of the WTO’s Committee on Trade and Development. ICTSD has a nice report of their recent meeting and its focus on sustainable development. One thought is how to integrate the WTO’s Aid for Trade program with the goal of developing a green…

Noted: Charts and Maps






“A History of the Balance of [Economic] Power”, from AD 1 – 2050 via Business Insider “The True Size of Africa” via oranabutterfly.com I have shown my students other versions of this map but I like the detail here.

GEP Course Notes: Conservation in Africa, the Elephant






African elephants have been a major subject recently. News reports state that… At least half the elephant population in Cameroon’s Bouba N’Djida reserve have been slaughtered because the west African nation sent too few security forces to tackle poachers. (Reuters) Over at Africa Unchained, Julie Owono notes that there is a major capacity problem for…

“China-smooth”






“In clustered Central Accra, they pave the streets in praise-pursuit; china-smooth like heaven’s highway.” – That is Nana Yaw Asiedu on his blog Anti-Rhythm, contrasting the “two Accras”, one that is more rougher and the other, “china-smooth”. Which makes me wonder, in Africa how much might “China” be associated with modernity and higher standards of…

America’s Next Great Restaurant, an Africa Concept?






I have occasionally thought about opening my own coffee shop, or bookstore, or restaurant…  Not that any of these things are likely. And not that any of these ideas are that original. However, one idea that I have had that I think might be a bit more unique is to open up a chain of…

China and Africa: Some of the Latest






As many friends and colleagues know, one of my two core research agendas considers Africa’s changing relationships with rising powers in the world, and in particular China. Here are some of the latest (well, I was on vacation a couple weeks so some of this may not seem very recent to all of you!) items…