Authoritarian Development and Systems Thinking

William Easterly argues in his new book “The Tyranny of Experts” that for the last decades authoritarian development has been the default consensus on global poverty reduction. Authoritarian development relies on technocratic solutions, tries to implement pre-fabricated ideas and plans in whatever local situation and – this is its core misunderstanding – beliefs that development is the result …

Africa’s Next Billion – WEF on Africa

Africa’s next Billion WEF on Africa – Today the World Economic Forum in Davos brought a very interesting discussion on Africa. “We’re enjoying in Africa what I call the democracy dividend“, said Ghana’s president John Dramani Mahama. The basic assumption behind almost all statements was that Africa will be the success story for the next decades. …

Europe supports authoritarian Chinese development model in Ethiopia

Recently I had a very interesting talk with my colleague Johannes Fiedler, architect and urban planner, who just came back from Ethiopia where he spent one year as a Visiting Professor at the University EiABC (Ethiopian Institute of Architecture, Building Construction and City Development). Read what he is saying about Ethiopia, the Chinese development model, …

Nelson Mandela and Change Management 3.0

The South African transition from the apartheid regime to a multi-racial democracy in the early 1990s was one of the most successful change management projects in history. It is commonly agreed that Nelson Mandela was the leading figure and without him things would have gone differently. Although the greatness of Nelson Mandela stands out, present-day change …

Europe and Emerging Africa, part 3 – Europe’s Chance

Europe is the largest provider of development aid to African countries. Although aid is still very much needed in certain places, it increasingly becomes an outdated concept. It is also outdated because its influence on Africa’s realm of ideas has become limited. Global economic development is possible Today we know that global economic development and …

Europe and Emerging Africa, part 2 – “China in Africa”

China’s State-Capitalism and US-Shareholder Value Thinking The economic success story of several African countries over the last 15 years has a lot to do with the emergence of non-Western countries, particularly China, India, Brazil, Turkey, and other Asian and Arabic nations. Today, more and more of these so called “South-South” cooperations are in place and …

Europe and Emerging Africa, part 1 – Emerging Africa

Emerging Africa is on the move The economic performance of Africa’s 54 countries more than doubled in real terms since 2000 (GDP based on PPP + 145,2%), income per capita improved alone in Sub-Sahara Africa from 1.380 to 2.580 USD per year. Although in absolute terms the economic performance of the continent is still quite …

Mozambique – terrorism threat yes, civil war no

Maputo, 24.10.2013 – „Mozambique shall put at stake all its economic boom?“, my vis-à-visis asks. And answers herself: „No way!“  We are sitting in Sabores, a recently opened restaurant in Maputo, the capital of Mozambique, the current boom land of Southern Africa. The restaurant is located between new office buildings in the new business district …