Consumers who pay extra for coffee or other products with Fairtrade labels may not be helping the lives of the world’s poor, a new study suggests. Researchers from SOAS, University of Londonm spent four years looking at coffee, tea and flower workers in Ethiopia and Uganda. The study finds some at Fairtrade sites earning less […]

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Up to 20,000 migrants have died at sea trying to reach Europe over the past 20 years. Instead of engaging thoughtfully and constructively with this tragedy, a Dutch daily newspaper published a stereotypical cartoon mocking migrants who make the journey. I think it is sad that a nation that has its founding in maritime success crossing […]

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Join me and a distinguished list of discussants for an evening of discourse about the state of remittances and economic growth in Africa. The Africa-America Institute’s next Speaker Series panel discussion will explore the role remittances can play in bolstering economic growth and prosperity on the African continent. The panel discussion entitled “Can Remittances from the […]

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David Brooks’ op-ed at NYT this week, The Real Africa, is worth a read if you want to put #Bringbackourgirls into perspective of the whole continent: But this is more or less the opposite of the truth. Boko Haram is not the main story in Africa or even in Nigeria. It is a small rear-guard […]

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