African Studies

African studies is the study of Africa, especially the continent's cultures and societies (as opposed to its geology, geography, zoology, etc.). The field includes the study of Africa's history (Pre-colonial, colonial, post-colonial), demography (ethnic groups), culture, politics, economy, languages, and religion (Islam, Christianity, traditional religions). A specialist in African studies is often referred to as an "africanist". A key focus of the discipline is to interrogate epistemological approaches, theories and methods in traditional disciplines using a critical lens that inserts African-centred ways of knowing and references. Africanists argue that there is a need to "deexoticize" Africa and banalise it, rather …

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Jihadist networks in sub-Saharan Africa: Origins, patterns and responses

EPRS · 30 September 2021 English

Sub-Saharan Africa has become a new global hotspot for jihadist activity. Armed groups have increasingly developed strong Salafi jihadist ideologies and forged ties with jihadist movements predominantly active in the …

nature and beginning, Journal of Eastern African Studies, 2020. Von Riedemann M., Africa, a continent


Namibia’s Fair-Weather Friends and One All-Weather Friend

IFRI · 29 September 2021 French

The relationship between Namibia and its historical partners has evolved over the last thirty years since Namibian independence. As in many countries, Namibia has been going through transformation, influenced by …

According to the Scandinavian Institute of African Studies, “Nordic aid started as early as the middle Nordic Countries”, Scandinavian Institute of African Studies, Uppsala 1981. 86. TrendEconomy website.


The Trade and Climate Change Nexus : The Urgency and Opportunities for …

World Bank Group · 29 September 2021 English

While trade exacerbates climate change, it is also a central part of the solution because it has the potential to enhance mitigation and adaptation. This timely report explores the different …

for Morocco and Turkey.” Journal of North African Studies 24 (6): 961–91. doi: 10.1080/13629387.2018


Mind the Gap : Disparities in Assessments of Living Standards Using National …

World Bank Group · 22 September 2021 English

Estimates of average per capita consumption and income from national accounts differ substantially from corresponding measures of consumption and income from household surveys. Using a new compilation of more than …

Paper Series no. 129, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, London. Karshenas


Corruption in Kenya. Understanding a Multifaceted Phenomenon

IFRI · 8 September 2021 English

Médard in 1991 to characterize sub-Saharan African governments, and describe a situation where the State, while claiming to be modern, combines public and private norms, as opposed to the Weberian bureaucratic

economy of Kenya’s crisis”, Journal of Eastern African Studies, Vol. 2, No. 2, 2008, pp. 185-210. 26. “Moi Conflict and Distributive Politics in Kenya”, African Studies Review, Vol. 55, No. 1, 2012, pp. 75-103.


Mind the Gap : Disparities in Assessments of Living Standards Using National …

World Bank Group · 1 September 2021 English

Estimates of average per capita consumption and income from national accounts differ substantially from corresponding measures of consumption and income from household surveys. Using a new compilation of more than …

Paper Series no. 129, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, London. Karshenas


Rebuilding Constitutionalism and Rule of Law in Zimbabwe

GGA · 31 August 2021 English

On March 16, 2013, following a nationwide referendum which saw a turnout of more than half of those eligible to vote (3.3 million), a new draft constitution for Zimbabwe was …

After November 2017. Journal of Asian and African Studies. Vol 56, 2. https://doi.org/10.1177/0021909620986587;


China in Africa: The Role of Trade, Investments, and Loans Amidst Shifting …

ORF · 25 August 2021 English

China’s relations with the African continent [a] date back to the 15th century.

Evolving Party-to-party Diplomacy in Africa” in African Studies Quarterly, Volume 19:3-4, October 2020 Blumenthal


Mobile Access Expansion and Price Information Diffusion : Firm Performance after Ethiopia's …

World Bank Group · 23 August 2021 English

This paper investigates whether enhanced access to mobile communications, including internet, primarily through smart phones, increases competition as price information is more widely available to customers-both households and firms. The …

household income. Evidence from Sub- Saharan African studies points in the same direction. Muto and Yamano


Mobile Access Expansion and Price Information Diffusion : Firm Performance after Ethiopia’s …

World Bank Group · 1 August 2021 English

This paper investigates whether enhanced access to mobile communications, including internet, primarily through smart phones, increases competition as price information is more widely available to customers—both households and firms. The …

household income. Evidence from Sub-Saharan African studies points in the same direction. Muto and Yamano


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