Constitutional Review. Time to rethink the five year mandate. It forces our leaders to look for quick wins, and this is often at the expense of longer term and more sustainable results. Short five year terms may be OK for “matured” economies, their railways are already built, road infrastructure in place, cities more or less […]
In London on October 2 2014, I wrote on the response necessary to eradicate Ebola and restore Sierra Leone to full economic health. Published the article on HuffingtonPost UK as ICG Country Director and LSEs Africa at LSE blog. The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has exposed deep pre-existing fault lines in Sierra Leone. The donor pledges being […]
Just got back from a presentation to the Round Table on Managing Natural Resources organized by the Belgian Mission to the UN in New York for some Missions and selected UN officials. My message: (a) preaching to Governments in fragile states to implement good NRM policies is not good enough, we must empower the people […]
Yusuf Bangura’s article on Street Traders and State Power should be applauded for its attempt to introduce structured analyses into the search for a solution to the problem. Hopefully,this will illustrate that criticism is not necessarily a sign of being in the “other” camp and therefore a trigger for attack. The recent creation of Think Tanks […]
“Reverse the Curse: Maximizing the Potential of Resource Driven Economies” by Mckinsey is a very good reference document for evaluating how we are doing in realizing our 2035 Vision of Sierra Leone as a middle-income country. It not only confirms that we are on the right path, but gives us hope of better days to […]
Here is a curious article by Ronak Gopaldas on ThisIsSierraLeone.com arguing that Africa needs technocrats in the lead rather than politicians; as if one can do without the other!
In my view, the clarion call should be for African politicians to encourage and work with technocrats especially in the field of public policy. Technocrats should be utilised to the full rather than marginalise, isolate or even keep them away.