Ep76. A conversation with Grieve Chelwa on how economics has an Africa problem

We start this week’s newswrap celebrating Kenyan marathoners, highlighting recent arts and culture pieces in OkayAfrica, talking about elections in Mozambique, protests in Guinea, and this year’s Nobel Prize in Economics winners. This week’s guest is economist Grieve Chelwa, a senior lecturer at the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business. Prior to his appointment at UCT, Dr. Chelwa was a post-doctoral fellow with Harvard University’s Center for African Studies, the Southern African Institute for Policy and Research, and the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research at the University of the Witwatersrand. In addition to his scholarly work, he is a contributing editor to Africa Is A Country. We talk about economics (including what it means to be a development economist), research and collaboration, the African Continental Free Trade Agreement, and more. Our conversation begins at 14:27. … More Ep76. A conversation with Grieve Chelwa on how economics has an Africa problem

Links Round Up: Tunisian elections, Malawi violence, developments in Cote d’Ivoire, and more

Episode 75 started out with the news technology and transportation developments in Cote d’Ivoire, Tunisian elections, and more. Then, Sciences Po Professor Richard Banegas, this week’s guest, sat down with Rachel to discuss identity cards and citizenship.  Here are this week’s links to articles and items mentioned in this episode’s news brief:  Read up on … More Links Round Up: Tunisian elections, Malawi violence, developments in Cote d’Ivoire, and more

Ep75. A conversation with Richard Banegas on citizenship, identity cards, and more

Following a news wrap covering Facebook’s fact-checking initiative, Tunisia’s elections, Malawi’s protests, and more, this week’s episode features an interview with Richard Banégas, a professor at Sciences Po. He talks with co-host Rachel Beatty Riedl about his research on identity papers, citizenship, and how technological developments are shaping mobility globally. Rachel’s conversation with Richard begins at 10:43. … More Ep75. A conversation with Richard Banegas on citizenship, identity cards, and more

Links Round Up: Malawi protests, Xenophobia in South Africa, Mobile Money

In Episode 74, we covered xenophobia in South Africa, protests in Malawi, and research accomplishments of colleagues and prior guests of Ufahamu. For this week’s guest, Mandela Washington Fellows at Northwestern University sat down with Rachel as panel to discuss the development and growth of mobile money in Africa Here are links to what we … More Links Round Up: Malawi protests, Xenophobia in South Africa, Mobile Money

Ep74. A conversation with Mandela Fellows from Zambia, Senegal, and Cameroon on mobile money’s challenges and opportunities

Ufahamu Africa is excited to launch its fourth season with a roundtable discussion about mobile money in Africa, its challenges, opportunities, and potential for social and political transformation. Co-host Rachel Beatty Riedl moderates the conversation with three Mandela Washington Fellows who participated in the Young African Leaders Initiative at Northwestern University earlier this year: Patton Kalunga of Zambia, Amadou Abdoulaye Sylla of Senegal, and Ngah Tse Ngah Benoit of Cameroon. Rachel and co-host Kim Dionne open the episode catching up on news in southern Africa, including protests in Malawi, xenophobic attacks in South Africa, and the death of former Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe. They also talk about new research that listeners should check out and they share congratulatory messages for some of Ufahamu Africa’s earlier guests.  … More Ep74. A conversation with Mandela Fellows from Zambia, Senegal, and Cameroon on mobile money’s challenges and opportunities

Bonus: A review of Erin Hern’s book on public service provision and political participation

In this bonus recording, hear Ufahamu Africa host Kim Dionne read her review of Erin Accampo Hern’s “Developing States, Shaping Citizenship.” The review was published as the twelfth and final installment of the African Politics Summer Reading Spectacular, and this recording is being shared as part of a collaboration with The Monkey Cage, a blog on politics and political science at The Washington Post. … More Bonus: A review of Erin Hern’s book on public service provision and political participation

Bonus: Hear a review of three new books on power and politics in Nigeria

In this bonus recording, hear Ufahamu Africa host Kim Dionne read University of Cincinnati professor Alex Thurston’s review of John Campbell and Matthew Page’s “Nigeria: What Everyone Needs to Know,” Brandon Kendhammer and Carmen McCain’s “Boko Haram,” and Carl LeVan’s “Contemporary Nigerian Politics.” The review was published as the eleventh installment of the African Politics Summer Reading Spectacular, and this recording is being shared as part of a collaboration with The Monkey Cage, a blog on politics and political science at The Washington Post. … More Bonus: Hear a review of three new books on power and politics in Nigeria