Demographic Dividend Simplified. Africa, Let’s Act Now!

By Edward Muguza – DRG Director Population changes can have positive or negative effects on a country’s economy. In the African context, population changes have the potential to accelerate economic growth and improve the standard of living but the journey is not straightforward for most countries. There is need for effective strategic planning and economic…

Africa Rising: Let’s not mistake hype for reality and hope for achievement

By Tatenda Chinondidyachii Mashanda – DRG Fellow   In his racist novel Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad points to the image of Africa as “the other world,” the antithesis of Europe and therefore of civilization. His description of Africans as savage is unpalatable; at least to a conscious reader. Featuring images of emaciated children, Conrad…

DRG Opinions – Forget Capital, Good Politics is a Prerequisite for Development

By Tatenda Chinondidyachii Mashanda – DRG Fellow Questions always rise whether good politics foster development or not. There is considerable debate on whether to promote good governance or ensure development first as this continues to be a matter of public debate. In this piece, I look at the relationship between institutions and sound politics. My…