Africa Opinions

Bottom-Up Approach Making Somaliland An Oasis Of Stability.

By Odindo Ayieko, Somaliland’s isolation by the international community is seen as a blessing in disguise for the country having afforded Somalilanders a level of self-determination in their peace-building process that was closed to other Somalis At the same time, Somaliland’s success in maintaining peace in a region bedeviled by conflicts is a result of the […]

Opinions Wellness

How to End the Pandemic This Year

Reda Cherif, Fuad Hasanov, and Mariana Mazzucato LONDON – Research to develop a safe, effective, and widely available COVID-19 vaccine is advancing rapidly. But when it will happen is not clear. Much depends on how we govern the production and distribution of new drugs. While the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Technology Access Pool promises to foster accessibility, the actual […]

Africa Opinions

Uganda’s Innovative Financing Approach Paid off With Two Successful Micro-levies.

Aiming to create new stable revenue streams in the context of global economic insecurity and growing development needs, the government of Uganda innovated in 2013 by implementing two micro-levies on Mobile Money transactions and incoming international calls. The approach has rapidly paid off, generating more than US$106 M in additional revenue for the State in […]


Decoding China’s “Dual Circulation” Strategy

Yu Yongding BEIJING – In May, China’s central leadership proclaimed that it would “fully develop the advantages of [the country’s] super-large market and the potential for domestic demand to establish a new development pattern featuring domestic and international dual circulations that complement each other.” “Dual circulation” has been the subject of intense discussion within and outside China […]

Africa Opinions

Horn of Africa Conflicts Mainly Caused by External Influence

By Mohamed A. Mohamoud – Barawani The rivalry between international actors on the Horn of Africa region due to geostrategic interests can only fuel more interstate and intrastate conflicts in the foreseeable future. The Horn of Africa region is characterized by poor governance and stalling democratic practices, where authoritarian regimes and one-party systems dominate the political […]


White-Collar Crime, No Punishment

Katharina Pistor. NEW YORK – Although the proper role of government in society is much debated, few would dispute that law enforcement falls within the state’s remit. But governments have increasingly turned a blind eye to enforcing the laws against the world’s most lucrative crimes: the fraud, embezzlement, tax evasion, bribery, and money laundering committed […]

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How Climate Targets Can Help Economic Recovery

Francisca Tondreau. SANTIAGO – With the world gripped by the COVID-19 pandemic, policymakers have turned their attention to economic stimulus and financial support of households and firms. As a result, many countries have been delaying the preparation and submission of their new emissions-reduction targets under the Paris climate agreement. These updated targets, known as nationally […]


Are Intellectuals Killing Convergence?

Arvind Subramanian and Josh Felman NEW DELHI – How will COVID-19 affect developing countries’ growth prospects? The answer will depend largely on how globalization – and intellectual support for it – evolves in the pandemic’s aftermath. The prospects are not encouraging. Even before the pandemic struck, the global merchandise export-to-GDP ratio had been declining for […]

Opinions Wellness

Avoiding a Climate Lockdown

Mariana Mazzucato LONDON – As COVID-19 spread earlier this year, governments introduced lockdowns in order to prevent a public-health emergency from spinning out of control. In the near future, the world may need to resort to lockdowns again – this time to tackle a climate emergency. Shifting Arctic ice, raging wildfires in western US states and elsewhere, […]