Africa’s Corrupt Legacy? History Counts — and Understanding It Better Counts Still More

A Review of “European Colonization and the Corruption of Local Elites – The Case of Chiefs in Africa”, by Merima Ali, Odd-Helge Fjeldstad and Abdulaziz B Shifa, “Journal of Economic Behaviour and Organization”, November 2020 By Peter O’Brien Colonization was about generating profits from the territories colonized, and creating methods for channeling those profits to … Continue reading Africa’s Corrupt Legacy? History Counts — and Understanding It Better Counts Still More

And Don’t Even Mention the Russians…

Another look at South African economic & fiscal reality By AAF Guest Contributor James Greener, Ph.D. Minister Gigaba told us very little that we did not already know about the poor shape of the government’s finances. However, his unusual approach was actually to say as much and while he has been praised mightily for this, … Continue reading And Don’t Even Mention the Russians…

Circles of Corruption: how does Africa stack up against the OECD?

Inside & Outside the Circles of Corruption By Peter O'Brien, Pr1merio chief Economics & Trade advisor. Many widely quoted assessments of corruption rank African countries poorly. These ratings are based mainly on indicators related to the ways in which business contracts, especially those involving government funds, are concluded. The suggestion is that resources are wasted … Continue reading Circles of Corruption: how does Africa stack up against the OECD?

The necessity of strong regional regulatory oversight on infrastructure projects in Africa

The necessity of strong regional regulatory oversight on infrastructure projects in Africa By Roger Tafotie Dr. Tafotie is a Pr1merio advisor with a legal & business focus on both African and European markets. A member of the Luxembourg Bar, he is also a lecturer in law at the University of Luxembourg. His focus areas include … Continue reading The necessity of strong regional regulatory oversight on infrastructure projects in Africa