Sub-Saharan Africa

China in Ghana: Easing the Shift from Aid Dependency to Oil Economy? (ARI)

Giles Mohan. ARI 149/2010 - 15/10/2010.

The author examines recent changes in the Ghanaian aid and investment landscape as China has stepped up its relations with this donor ‘darling’. Recent oil discoveries further transform the financing scenarios and more established donors are concerned about the riskiness of this. These tensions reveal wider differences in approaches to development and the desires of many African governments which could herald big changes in the ethos and practice of development.

Governance, Growth and Development (ARI)

Mushtaq H. Khan. ARI 138/2010 - 17/9/2010.

The promotion of ‘good governance’ has become one of the pillars of development policies proposed by a large majority of development aid agencies. It is based on the view that ‘good governance’ is a pre-requisite for development. The author critically reviews the relationship between governance, growth and development and draws implications that are relevant for Sub-Saharan African countries.

What Did Sudan Vote For? (ARI)

Justin Willis. ARI 128/2010 - 31/8/2010.

Sudan held national elections in April 2010 for the first time in many years. The elections were part of the peace process which began in 2005. This paper discusses the context of the elections and the multiple problems which affected them, and at how the events of the election will affect the final stages of the peace process.

Africa, AFRICOM and the Path to Stability

Vicki Huddleston. 19/7/2010. Go to Spanish version

Lecture by Ambassador Vicki Huddleston, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Africa in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, at the Círculo de Bellas Artes (Madrid) on 17 June 2010.

China and Africa: A Mutually Opportunistic Partnership? (ARI)

Patricio González Richardson. ARI 99/2010 - 17/6/2010.

The relationship between China and Africa is positive for both sides and the exchange of essential natural resources for infrastructure to foster economic development is more likely to benefit than paternalistic and failed aid strategies.

Preparations for the 2010 FIFA World Cup: Vulnerability and Threat of Terrorism (WP)

Anneli Botha. WP 14/2010 - 16/4/2010.

This working paper will provide an overview of the threats of terrorism associated with hosting a prominent sport event, while placing potential threats in context in South Africa; and an overview of preparations for the FIFA World Cup. Its aim is not to discourage visitors to come to South Africa, but rather to place the potential threat of terrorism in context.

Lessons from the Failure of Chad’s Oil Revenue Management Model (ARI)

Artur Colom Jaén. ARI 12/2010 (Translated from Spanish) - 12/3/2010. Go to Spanish version

This ARI discusses some of the lessons to be learned from the failure of the model implemented in the Republic of Chad to manage oil revenue flowing into the country’s public coffers since 2003.

India’s African Engagement (ARI)

Peter Kragelund. ARI 10/2010 - 19/1/2010.

The April 2008 India-Africa Forum Summit not only marked the zenith of India-African cooperation following intensified cultural, political and economic interactions between India and African countries, but also the increased competition with China over access to Africa’s resources and markets. The author reviews India’s development cooperation with African economies.

Taxation, Governance and Resource Mobilisation in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Survey of Key Issues (WP)

Jonathan Di John. WP 49/2009 - 30/9/2009. Go to Spanish version

The purpose of this paper is to present some key theoretical and policy debates concerning the relationships between taxation, aid, governance and political organisation in the political economy of development in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The Impact of the Global Recession on South Africa (ARI)

Hein Marais. ARI 115/2009 - 17/7/2009.

This paper examines the impact of the global economic recession on South Africa’s economy and society, the ways in which the country’s government has chosen to respond to that crisis, and its likely social and political fall-out.