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Reflections on YCD

Long time followers of this site, will remember that a while back I mentioned the Young, Creative and Digital evenings that I set up with a couple of friends in Abidjan. In total, we organised three (I think) following a … Continue reading

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Garba story – a review

Last weekend, I received a free ticket to a performance of “Garba Story” – it’s¬†unfortunately¬†rare to see theatrical performances in Abidjan, so this was something of a treat. The performance was written and put together by the Lebanese cultural extraodinaire … Continue reading

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Isomorphic mimicry

I was intrigued to come across the term ‘isomorphic mimicry’ (thanks to the reference in Owen Abroad), used by Lant Pritchett to explain the process of “replicating existing forms and processes without functionality”. The idea comes from nature where animals … Continue reading

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Ivorian diaspora networks

A call for more developed Ivorian diaspora networks Continue reading

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Five Basic Tips for New Arrivals in Ivory Coast, and perhaps Africa too

Five tips for visitors to Ivory Coast Continue reading

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Cocoa Reforms

Since independence in 1960, Ivory Coast’s economy has been built on growing and exporting cocoa beans, and since the late 1970s it’s been the world’s biggest producer. Current production is just over 1.2 million tons per year, around 34% of … Continue reading

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Frantz Fanon on Ivory Coast in ‘The Wretched of the Earth’ (1961)…

“The working class of the towns, the masses of unemployed, the small artisans and the craftsmen for their part line up behind this nationalist attitude; but in all justice let it be said, they only follow in the steps of … Continue reading

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Moto-taxis – a solution to unemployment in Abidjan?

To any recent visitor to Ivory Coast’s second city Bouake, the first remark is generally about the abundance of motorbikes and particularly mototaxis. These have flourished because i) mototaxis are illegal and the law hasn’t applied in the northern half … Continue reading

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Ivory Coast’s currency = Euro

Does the new Ivorian government need to change the CFA Franc currency to succeed? Continue reading

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EU Commissioner upbeat about Ivory Coast

Last week I got to speak to the European Union Commissioner for development, Andris Piebalgs, and I thought I’d publish a longer version of what he said than was possible elsewhere. The EU will almost certainly be Ivory Coast’s biggest … Continue reading

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