Author: Constantine Bartel

Technology will drive scientific progress in Africa not the other way round

While basic scientific research is still relevant in Africa, its relevance is enhanced when linked to efforts to solve daily problems argues Calestous Juma, Professor of the Practice of International Development at Harvard Kennedy School   For example, in transportation, it is one thing to conduct basic research in material sciences. But the quickest way Read More …

Coping with Migration-Induced Urban Growth: Addressing the Blind Spot of UN Habitat

Philipp Aerni This article is a contribution to the Sustainability Special Issue: A Contextual and Dynamic Understanding of Sustainable Urbanisation   Read the full article here   or   Download PDF version here Abstract The demography of cities in the 21st century will be shaped, to a large extent, by migration. This paper argues that the rights-based approach Read More …

South Sudan: Post Conflict Higher Education Policies

The Republic of South Sudan, on independence on July 2011, inherited a higher education system already distorted by the Islamist Al-Ingaz (Salvation) policy of massification and a phenomenal horizonal expansion, which witnessed proliferation of institutions of higher education. However, this quantitative expansion has in essence been the unmaking of higher education itself in terms of Read More …

Perceptions and vocabulary; did agriculture really fail in Tanzania?

There is a widespread perception of agricultural stagnation in Tanzania. Since the early 1970’s, export crop production has performed poorly.   The poor performance of “cash” crops has been one source of the pessimistic view of agricultural performance. The gap between rural and urban incomes has widened (a virtual universal characteristic of economic growth – Read More …

Institutionalizing Poverty in Africa by Members of the European Parliament

Last month, Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) called on the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition not to support genetically modified (GM) crops in Africa. This call is very unfortunate and would institutionalise poverty on a continent that is already facing dire challenges. The G7 group of nations’ joint initiative with the New Alliance Read More …