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…