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International Public Interest Initiative Symposium

October 11, 2012

This two-day symposium will bring together lawyers who are litigating human rights cases in international tribunals, lawyers who deploying international human rights frameworks to advance legal...

The Tortuous Trajectories of Democracy and the Persistence of Authoritarianism in Africa

June 7, 2012

Abstract:   The "spirit of democracy" has recently been undermined in several African countries as authoritarian methods have been the preferred approach.

Mobile Phones and Economic Development in Africa: Evidence from Policy and Field Experiments

February 7, 2012

Abstract Mobile phone coverage and adoption has grown substantially over the past decade, primarily in sub-Saharan Africa. In the absence of public goods infrastructure in many countries, mobile...

The Crisis in Cote d'Ivoire

February 8, 2011

The catastrophe unfolding in the Ivory Coast is due to the fact that the committed backers of both candidates are unwilling to accept anything other than complete vindication and victory by their...

Mobile Development Meets Design Thinking

September 23, 2010

A class was given in the dSchool last spring.

Mobile Phones and Economic Development in Africa

November 13, 2009

Mobile phones are transforming lives in low-income countries faster than ever imagined.  The effect is particularly dramatic in rural areas of sub-Saharan Africa, where mobile phones have often...

Curse of the Black Gold: 50 Years of oil in the Niger Delta

November 12, 2008

Michael Watts, PhD, is a Professor of Geography at the University of California at Berkeley.


Marcel Fafchamps Senior Fellow Professor, by courtesy, Economics