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Ivory Coast – The Contrarian View

by Yaw Nyarko

  Almost every international body has condemned the incumbent and presumed loser of the recent Ivory Coast election: the African Union, the Economic Community of West African states (ECOWAS), the UN, many African countries, etc.   On the other hand, many of my own African friends and colleagues have voiced alternative views.   They have two main […]

Kgalema Mothlante at NYU – says Ouattara won election

by Yaw Nyarko

The Vice President of South Africa, Kgalema Mothlante, stopped by NYU for a public lecture co-sponsored by Africa House.   As with most events, the really interesting things happen during the Q & A.  One questioner asked why it seems South Africa has been flip flopping so much on Ivory Coast.   (The Economist described SA’s foreign […]

Further Comments on Ending Bribery

by Yaw Nyarko

For a follow-up on Ending Corruption in Africa, and reflections on issues brought up by the Anas Aremeyaw Anas video (click here) see this paper below by my good friend and colleague Atsu Amegashie, an economist at U. Guelph in Canada. Kafo Didi: Living Large but Producing very Little J. Atsu Amegashie February 11, 2011 Conventional wisdom strongly […]

Ivory Coast – Declare Victory and Rule

by Yaw Nyarko

In my earlier post on Ivory Coast, I praised the African Union (AU) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) for their boldness in suspending Ivory Coast from their bodies to protest the fact that the incumbent would not agree to leave.   Perhaps this was the wrong thing for the AU and ECOWAS […]

Ivory Coast – Just Say No to the Incumbent and Loser of the Election

by Yaw Nyarko

From all the information coming in, the opposition candidate Alassane Ouattara and his party clearly won the recent presidential elections in Cote D’Ivoire. The incumbent, Laurent Gbagbo lost, so should concede, and hand over power. Thabo Mbeki , the African Union (AU) mediator and former South African President should tell Gbagbo that, NO, he can […]

My ramblings on the BBC about the Millennium Development Goals (MDG’s)

by Yaw Nyarko

I was interviewed by the BBC, together with Olav Kjørven, Assistant Secretary General and Director of Development Policy at the UN Development Program. I listened to the mp3 file, it is the abridged version and I sound really in a bad mood. Maybe because it was 3am in Abu Dhabi? Maybe my real feelings about […]

Mark Twain, Diamonds in Africa and a Fantastic Insider Trading Story

by Yaw Nyarko

I have recently finished reading Mark Twain’s “Following the Equator.” The writing is of course wonderful – what a joy. Twain writes about his journey around the equator around 1896, and provides very insightful observations about the locals and western attitudes to the locals. There are a number of stories I particularly liked and which […]