Ep21. A conversation with Dr. Souleymane Soumahoro on development and politics in Africa

Dried cocoa beans in farmer’s hand, taken in Côte d’Ivoire in 2009. (Nestlé/Flickr)

In this week’s episode, we speak with Dr. Souleymane Soumahoro (@soumduce), an economist currently consulting at the World Bank. Originally from Côte d’Ivoire, Dr. Soumahoro earned his bachelor of arts degree in political economy from Université Cheikh Anta Diop in Dakar, Senegal, his masters in economics at the Université D’Auverge in Clermont-Ferrand, France, and his PhD in economics at the University of Oklahoma. Previously, Dr. Soumahoro was a fellow at the Center for Global Development.

We talk this week about Souleymane’s research, including a recent paper on the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and another paper on ethnic favoritism. Our conversation isn’t just variables and regressions — but also features stories, including what happened when Souleymane was eight years old that led him to become an economist. Our conversation begins at 4:54.


Our featured song this week is Njo by Djembe Jones (@djembejonesband). The band will be playing at Strange Adventures III in Washington DC next week — so if you’re in DC, check them out live. Their song begins at 26:47.


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