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Economic Development and Change

This theme explores the drivers and implications of diverse processes of economic change in Africa. Given such change is shaped by complex interplay between local and global factors, this multidisciplinary perspective examines how different actors, from the individual to the multinational company, navigate the terrain of the local, regional and global economy. In addition, it explores how the state and wider socioeconomic distributions of power affect the political economy of industrial policy. This theme ranges from the role of banking and finance in Africa to agrarian change and the struggles of rural groups to negotiate the impact of extractive industries on existing land and resource governance.