Africa Research Institute


Africa Research Institute aims to reflect, understand and build on the dynamism in Africa today. We are a London-based think-tank which looks for practical examples of achievement - by listening to the people who have created that success, often in adversity, and by communicating that experience to organisations, companies and policymakers. We are not guided by ideology and are strictly non-partisan. These podcasts, from our Counterpoints series, present critical accounts of defining ideas, in and about Africa. The scope is broad, from international development policy to popular perceptions of the continent. They address big picture questions, without constraints of prevailing orthodoxy. The arguments are forward looking but not speculative, informed by the present but concerned with the future.


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Title: Whatever happened to Africa's rapid urbanisation?

How Rwanda judged its genocide

May 9th, 2012

Since 2001, the gacaca community courts have been the centrepiece of Rwanda’s justice and reconciliation process. Nearly every adult Rwandan has participated… Go to Episode

Whatever happened to Africa's rapid urbanisation?

May 9th, 2012

It is widely believed that urbanisation is occurring faster in sub-Saharan Africa than anywhere else in the world, as migrants move from rural to urban… Go to Episode

Voices of disquiet on the Malawian airwaves

March 5th, 2012

Human Rights NGOs are considered vanguards in the struggle against injustice and authoritarianism in Africa. But their narrow focus on civil and political… Go to Episode

Why Africa can make it big in agriculture

February 6th, 2012

Self-sufficiency in food production is the new mantra of donors and policymakers in Africa. But farmers, large and small, can be much more ambitious.… Go to Episode