The challenges of internationalizing in East Africa

If you are an Africa connoisseur (or if you have followed this blog), you will know that Africa is not a single entity. And neither are African regions: not all countries in one region are the same. This is more obvious in Western Africa where the anglophone/francophone distinction is  immediate. It may be less obvious…
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From Rags to Riches: An American Dream or Reality?

As Capital in the 21st century, a recent book by economist Thomas Piketty, remains sold out across bookstores around the world - income inequality has shown to be a major concern both among citizens and policymakers. However, little attention has been given to a mechanism closely related to income inequality, but perhaps even more tangible…

Tribal attributes

In a comment to an earlier post, Christian referred to how strongly Kenyans feel about tribal attributes. I think he has better insights about this than me but let me tell you about what I've heard, and maybe he and others will add some comments. Kenya's ethnic diversity is high. The various tribes can be…

The Chinese presence in Africa

Chinese economic presence in Africa comes in for a lot of criticism: the projects to which they contribute financing favor foreign companies while leaving local contractors behind – or so the critics say. The Chinese are also known for bringing in their own people to do the work. In Kenya, for instance, there has been a recent…
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