My published articles have appeared in The Economist, African Arguments, Thomson Reuters, African Business, The Christian Science Monitor, 1843 and Next City. Links to published pieces are below.
Please note that these stories get edited. In most cases, that makes them better. But it also means that I don’t always agree with every word that gets written in them.
In African Arguments:
A profile of Acholi popstar Bosmic Otim (with John Okot).
Ugandan oil will not transform the country (with Michael O’Hagan).
How Uganda’s opposition may respond to defeat in disputed elections.
In African Business:
The boss of Uganda’s biggest telecoms company is deported.
In The Christian Science Monitor:
Uganda tries to close Bridge International Academies, a chain of for-profit schools.
In Next City:
The city of Kampala has boosted revenue collection, but who pays?
For the Thomson Reuters Foundation:
The fight to save northern Uganda’s trees from logging and charcoal burning.
Signs reading “this plot is not for sale” are everywhere in Uganda.
The struggle for land in northern Uganda.
Land tensions are stirring conflict in the Buganda kingdom.
Selling health supplements in Kampala.
In The Economist:
In Nigerian banking, size matters.
Uganda tries to dodge the ‘presource curse’.
A new dictionary captures how people in Africa talk about politics.
The trial of a former leader in the Lord’s Resistance Army.
Uganda has one of the best palliative care systems in Africa (with a colleague in Senegal).
The difficulties of measuring illicit financial flows.
Monetary policy in much of Africa has become more orthodox.
Why demand for agricultural insurance is so low.
Cocoa processing is not a golden ticket for west Africa.
The battles of MTN, a South African telecoms giant.
Opposition politics in African cities (mostly written by a colleague in Harare).
How governments can nurture an African green revolution (with a colleague in Ethiopia).
Informal cross-border trade in Africa.
Why African opposition leaders are often charged with treason.
The arrest of Ugandan singer and politician Bobi Wine.
The politics of Uganda’s police force.
Volkswagen begins car assembly in Rwanda.
The rise of pan-African banks.
Corruption is just one reason why fans don’t watch Ghanaian football.
The Tanzanian government kicks pregnant girls out of school.
The second-hand clothes trade (with help from a colleague in Mansfield).
Some African economies are turning a corner; others are in the doldrums.
There is not as much land in Africa as some people think.
The strengths and shortcomings of Uganda’s refugee policy.
Some African government are trying to diversify away from maize.
Rwanda and the US fall out over second-hand clothes.
The challenges of raising revenues in Kampala.
Forty-four African countries sign up for the Continental Free Trade Area.
Food in Africa is surprisingly expensive.
Some African countries have taken on too much debt.
African businesses are putting traditional wines into new bottles.
The CFA franc comes under fire.
A year after a massacre in Kasese, there is no justice for the victims.
African countries are building a giant free-trade area.
Politics ensnares the Public Investment Corporation, Africa’s biggest asset manager.
Ugandan MPs are brawling in parliament. Why?
Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni tries to extend his rule.
Naspers, Africa’s biggest company, is only profitable because of its stake in Tencent.
The failure of structural transformation in Africa.
African credit unions need regulation, not handouts.
Fertiliser subsidies in Africa do not always work as intended.
Kenya launches the world’s first mobile-only government bond.
A Zambian opposition leader is charged with treason.
The IMF is back in Africa. Has it changed?
A proposed trade deal between the EU and east Africa runs into trouble.
Chiefs of the Herero and Nama peoples want reparations for genocide.
The success of a money-transfer company in Zambia.
Africa’s sovereign wealth funds need to decide what they’re for.
The Rwandan Patriotic Front has a formidable business empire.
Cities across Africa are cracking down on street vendors.
Mozambique defaults on its debt.
Many of Africa’s stock exchanges are too small to prosper.
Africa is fixing its frontiers. (Not my choice of headline).
Commodity exporters are the worst hit by Africa’s downturn, says the IMF.
Paralegals and access to justice in Africa.
The UN’s flagship climate fund is still working out what it’s for.
How personality testing can help financial inclusion.
A drought insurance scheme fails to pay out in Malawi.
The East African Community has boosted trade in the region.
Small businesses struggle to access credit in developing countries.
The main opposition leader in Uganda is charged with treason.
Chinese loans to Africa are less than is commonly reported.
Tough times in African bond markets.
Plunging remittances in central Asia.
Banking for immigrants in Europe and the US (with help from a colleague in New York).
Unusual weather at Christmastime.
Rwanda has made big strides according to the UN’s Human Development Index.
Ecological economics in four paragraphs.
Credit unions are growing in popularity.
Pre-paid card customers can’t access cash due to a technical error.
A US housing boom has reduced college enrollment.