January 4, 2018

The Development of a Continental Services Market: An Opportunity for Africa’s Transformation

Africa is appealing to business in two ways, its low-cost resources and free-trade agreements that promote trade across half the continent. Transformative is the word most commonly used when people refer to the African Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA). A primary aim of this ambitious effort is the expansion of intra-African trade by lowering the …. Read More

December 20, 2017

In Memory of Calestous Juma

Philipp Aerni, December 20, 2017 Kenyan-born Harvard Kennedy School professor Calestous Juma died on Friday, December 15, 2017 at the age of 64. He was a member of the advisory board of the Center for Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability (CCRS) at the University of Zurich and gave his last talk at CCRS on February 19, …. Read More

July 31, 2016

Making Room for Urban Expansion: Empowering African Planners to Focus on the Basics

The typical Sub-Saharan African city grew at least 3-fold in area between 1990 and 2014[1], and the total urban population doubled over the same period. The region is already about 30% urban and the share of the population living in urban areas is expected to increase to 60%-70% by 2050[2].   This transition presents a …. Read More

July 22, 2016

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