BlogFeeding southern Africa?: Growing the animal-feed-to-poultry regional value chain
In 2016 the South African poultry sector faced intense pressure from two sides in the form of much higher input costs and increased imports of low-priced chicken from the European Union and the USA...Regional value chains Competitiveness
BlogEstimating tax avoidance: New findings, new questions
There are now a range of estimates of the global scale of tax avoidance. These include: the $600 billion annual tax loss estimated by IMF researchers Crivelli et al...tax avoidance Tax Multinational firms
BlogAffirmative action policies and South Africa’s racial wage gap
Racial wage inequality and discrimination have pervaded South African society for centuries. Apartheid legislation cemented these disparities by institutionalizing white job reservation and many other unfair practices...Affirmative action Discrimination apartheid
BlogEmploying young people in South Africa: What role has the Employment Tax Incentive played?
South Africa has some of the highest rates of joblessness in the world and youth unemployment is particularly severe. Roughly two in five young South Africans who want work cannot find it, according to labour force surveys...youth unemployment tax incentive South Africa
BlogWDR 2017 does not disappoint: Four implications for work in development
As a political scientist specializing in the comparative politics of development, including particular attention to issues of governance and democracy, I have followed this year’s World Development Report with special interest...World Development Report Good governance Group-based inequality
BlogFour graphs you need to see on International Women's Day
International women's day presents a good opportunity to consider how far we've come towards achieving gender equality, and to recognize how far we still have to go...
BlogTackling gender inequality from all directions
Improving the position of women continues to be an important concern in development...Gender equality Development aid Interventions
BlogMissing school years for girls: The case of the Assam insurgency
Girls in India face many challenges. From the moment they are conceived, they are less likely to be born as compared to boys. This presence of “missing girls” appears to be linked to access to ultrasound technology ...Education Conflict
BlogA two-way street: Regional integration in southern Africa through supermarkets
Walk into any supermarket and you will find a mix of products to stock the kitchen. It’s easy to assume that many of the goods on offer are sourced locally and from nearby countries...Regional growth Africa Supermarkets
BlogHow big supermarket chains in southern Africa keep out small suppliers
A shopper prepares to pay at an informal shop in Soweto, South Africa. Smaller retailers are struggling to grow. Supermarkets are a key route to market for many suppliers of food and household consumable products...Supermarkets Growth Economic development
BlogLeading economists agree: closing borders is not the answer to inequality
Building a great big wall will not close the gap. Jorge Duenes/Reuters US President Donald Trump wants to build a wall along the US-Mexican border. Britain wants to retreat into its shell to become an isolated island state ...Inequality immigration Refugees
BlogA brief history of the role of energy in the global economy: The last 25 years
Ever since the British Industrial Revolution, energy has been a key factor of production. Recent history has proved no exception. The pattern of primary commercial energy consumption since 1965 is presented in Figure 1...
BlogMade in Africa – the future of production on the continent
The international community has a new set of development goals. They reflect Africa’s aspirations much more closely than the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) they replaced...Production Manufacturing Industrial development
BlogProspects for a Tanzanian transformation
Researchers, policy makers, and representatives of international institutions recently gathered in Dar es Salaam to discuss prospects for a transformation of Tanzania’s economy...Transformation Growth Informal sector (Economics)
BlogHow did South Sudan get stuck in a fragility trap?
In my last blog I wrote about the common factors at play in political and economic transitions. Using the case of South Sudan, I demonstrated how these factors laid the groundwork for a fragility trap. In this post, I explain what this means...Conflict Fragile states
BlogCommon factors in conflict-induced state fragility
What does it mean to be a fragile state?...Conflict Fragile states