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Socio-economic Transformation of Africa

Kampala, Ouganda

The Socio-economic Transformation of Africa research axis whithin Ifri's Sub-Sahara Africa Center focuses on African middle-classes, on African cities as a growth factor, on the urbanization of the continent as an element of transformation of African societies as well as on competition for access to land.

 

Alain ANTIL

Research FellowDirector of Ifri's Sub-Sahara Africa Center

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Sina SCHLIMMER

Research Fellow, Ifri's Sub-Sahara Africa Center 

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Elisa DOMINGUES DOS SANTOS

Project Officer at the Sub-Sahara Africa Center and Turkey/Middle East Program

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Benjamin AUGE

Associate Research Fellow, Sub-Sahara Africa Center / Center for Energy and Climate

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Thierry VIRCOULON

Associate Resarch Fellow,Sub-Sahara Africa Center

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09/09/2021
By: Adrian SCHLEGEL, Aram ZIAI

In recent years, Germany’s Africa politics have been characterized by proactive international initiatives and the claim for a "partnership at eye level". However, a look at the power constellations of its cooperation indicates that inequalities are – contrary to Germany’s own claims – rather...

08/09/2021
By: Alexia VAN RIJ

In Kenya, corruption results from a confusion of public and private interests that is specific to the neo-patrimonial logic in place since British colonization. The strong moral and political ethnicity that characterizes the country fuels an ambiguous relationship between the population and...

18/12/2018
By: Anna FICHTMÜLLER

The middle classes have at times been heralded to be a guarantee for democracy. Studies that find a positive correlation (which should not be confused with causation) often use national economic data as a proxy for class and compare it to the current regime type.

01/07/2018
By: Clélie NALLET, Jean-Nicolas BACH

The category ‘middle class’ was used increasingly throughout the 2010s to identify social changes occurring in African countries, including Ethiopia. However, the category itself is hard to define and has been employed to describe very diverse socio-economic dynamics.

20/04/2018

Since 2011 and the end of the post-election crisis, Côte d’Ivoire has returned to impressive economic growth. The country and its capital are drawing attention from a growing number of investors, and the “Abidjanian middle classes” are widely publicised and sought after. 

19/02/2018

In September 2015, Addis Ababa introduced the first Light Rail Transit system (LRT) in sub-Saharan Africa. This tram, a symbol of Ethiopian renewal, was nevertheless barely used by the capital’s residents during the first few months. However, at the time of our research trip in April 2017,...

11/09/2017
By: Eleonora DOBLES PERRIARD

Maputo, the capital of Mozambique, is driven by fascinating urban dynamics. The country’s institutional setting is influenced by the legacies of the different political regimes of the last 50 years, which have left visible traces on the urban fabric.

31/07/2017
By: Hlawulani MKHABELA

What is the political significance of Southern Africa’s “hashtag movements”, socio-political campaigns using social media to disseminate information and to mobilise concerned and previously quiet segments of the public? 

30
Sep
2021
Thursday 30 September 2021
from 12:00 to 13:30 - Videoconference

In 2030, half of the African population will be living in urban agglomerations. Rapid urban growth has been defined as major challenges, but also a potential opportunity for the continent’s socio-economic development. Creating inclusive, sustainable and resilient cities is one of the 17 United...

21
Feb
2019
Thursday 21 February 2019
from 14:00 to 18:30 - Conférences

Since taking over as head of the Ethiopian government in April 2018, Abiy Ahmed has increased his openness: the lifting of the state of emergency, the release of political prisoners, the announcements of economic openness and privatization of national enterprises. Regarding foreign policy,...

21
Sep
2017
Thursday 21 September 2017
from 18:00 to 19:30 - Conférences

The arrivals of refugees from East Africa in Europe have continued to increase since 2015. However, this situation should not gloss over the fact that migration is mainly a regional phenomenon: East Africa, alongside Middle East, hosts currently more refugees than any other regions in the...