Blog Post – The Future of Work in Africa: Making Productive Investments for More and Better Jobs

I co-wrote this blog post for the World Bank’s blog series to explain our new report on “The Future of Work in Africa: Harnessing the Potential of Digital Technologies for All“. We identify certain productive investments needed in African countries to secure for more and better jobs. I am reproducing it below, and you can … More Blog Post – The Future of Work in Africa: Making Productive Investments for More and Better Jobs

New Report Published: The Future of Work in Africa

Our new World Bank report, “The Future of Work in Africa: Harnessing the Potential of Digital Technologies for All” was recently published. I’m very pleased to have co-authored this publication on such a critical topic on the agenda of governments across Africa. My colleagues and I examine the roles of skills, informality and social protection … More New Report Published: The Future of Work in Africa

Global Launch of the National Oil Company Database by NRGI

On April 25th 2019, I participated in the global launch of the National Oil Company Database at the Open Government Hub in Washington DC. The database is a product of the Natural Resources Governance Institute (NRGI). It is a very useful resource for policymakers, reform advocates and researchers to understand these state owned enterprises! Here’s … More Global Launch of the National Oil Company Database by NRGI

Taking the Pulse of the Economies in African Countries

The Africa’s Pulse, is a bi-annual macro-economic update of the state of the continent. Each edition also features one or two special topics. It is published by the Office of the Chief Economist in the Africa Region of the World Bank. The April 2019 edition featured two special topics: ‘Implementing Regional Solutions to Address Fragility … More Taking the Pulse of the Economies in African Countries

Video: Panel Discussion at CSIS on Nigeria’s Upcoming Elections

I recently participated in a panel discussion at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) on 30 January 2019. The event was entitled: “Nigeria’s 2019 Elections: Insecurity, Economic Adversity and Political Competition”. The conversation was with Carl LeVan, Associate Professor at the School of International Service, American University and Judd Devermont, Director of the … More Video: Panel Discussion at CSIS on Nigeria’s Upcoming Elections

PUBLISHED: My Book Chapter on “The ‘Resource Curse’ and Constraints to Reforming Nigeria’s Oil Sector”

I’m pleased to announce that my chapter on “The ‘Resource Curse’ and the Constraints on Reforming Nigeria’s Oil Sector” is now published. It is one of three chapters on Nigeria’s oil economy in the Oxford Handbook on Nigerian Politics. The analysis goes beyond the ‘resource-curse’ and uses political settlements theory to argue that the dysfunctions … More PUBLISHED: My Book Chapter on “The ‘Resource Curse’ and Constraints to Reforming Nigeria’s Oil Sector”

NEW PAPER: The Political Economy of Power Sector Reforms in Developing Countries

A paper I co-authored on the political economy of power sector reforms was recently published. It examines developing country experiences with market reforms in unbundling, regulation, privatization and creating competition in the power sector. Here’s the abstract: The power sector reform experiences of developing countries vary greatly. To help explain this from a political economy … More NEW PAPER: The Political Economy of Power Sector Reforms in Developing Countries

Scholarships and Development Opportunities No. 19

THE KNIGHT-HENNESY SCHOLARSHIP FOR GRADUATE STUDIES AT STANFORD UNIVERSITY. Apply by September 2017 and Enroll at Stanford in September 2018 Each year up to 100 high-achieving students (50 in the first year) who are independent thinkers, display purposeful leadership, and have a civic orientation will receive full funding to pursue a graduate education at Stanford. … More Scholarships and Development Opportunities No. 19

Scholarships and Development Opportunities, No. 18

APPLICATIONS OPEN FOR THE 2017 GATES CAMBRIDGE FULL SCHOLARSHIP FOR POSTGRADUATE STUDY (MASTERS, PHD) AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE Gates Cambridge considers applications from citizens from outside the United Kingdom who wish to pursue a full-time postgraduate degree at the University of Cambridge. See the eligibility page for details Deadline: 7 December 2016. Further details are available … More Scholarships and Development Opportunities, No. 18

Scholarships and Development Opportunities No.17

1. THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN AFRICAN PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLARS PROGRAM  See website and brochure. UMAPS accepts direct applications from faculty members of colleges or universities in Ethiopia, Ghana, South Africa, and Uganda. Faculty members of colleges and universities in all other African countries cannot apply directly to the UMAPS program without first being nominated and invited to … More Scholarships and Development Opportunities No.17

I Was at the Fireworks Display in Nice. Many are Not So Lucky to be Alive

I had no intention of writing anything. I didn’t know what or how to write. I am in what I can best describe as emotional purgatory since the night of 14 July.  I am neither sad. Nor depressed. Nor unhappy. Not even fearful. Just numb and stunned: bewildered but with a leaden heaviness in the … More I Was at the Fireworks Display in Nice. Many are Not So Lucky to be Alive

Six Implications of Brexit, Through the Eyes of a Foreign Resident

Against all odds, Britain has voted to leave the European Union, astounding observers, policymakers and even the Leave campaigners. 52% of voters voted Leave in defiance of credible warnings of dire economic and geopolitical consequences by experts, economists, international organisations, Britain’s allies, U.S. President Barack Obama and pretty much everyone else. Brexit’s victory was a … More Six Implications of Brexit, Through the Eyes of a Foreign Resident

To transform Africa’s economies, African companies matter too

I recently wrote this piece for The Conversation. A consistent feature of global analyses of Africa’s economic prospects is their fickleness. In the years since the global financial crisis in 2008, forecasts about Africa have swerved from deep pessimism to heady optimism, and back to a bearish outlook of slow growth and fragility. The vacillation … More To transform Africa’s economies, African companies matter too

Scholarships and Development Opportunities No.16

1. CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: IZA/DFID SHORT COURSE ON PROGRAM EVALUATION (ALL EXPENSES COVERED) Organisers: David Lam (University of Michigan and IZA), Maryam Naghsh Nejad (IZA) Location: Lusaka, Zambia Date: October 29 – October 30, 2016 Submission Deadline: June 30, 2016 Notification of Acceptance: July 30, 2016 Deadline for Registeration: August 10, 2016 Event Manager: Dominik Spitza Online Application Form