Leif Brottem is a PhD candidate studying at the Geography Department of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research focuses on natural resource use and conservation in sub-Saharan Africa.



A Malian timber scandal points to a positive side of China’s controversial growing presence in Africa.

Development Requires Local Empowerment

Poverty reduction in sub-Saharan Africa won’t come through a quick fix.

Immigration’s Role Often Overlooked in Global Economy

France grows less welcoming to former colonial subjects.

The World Bank’s Great Gamble in Central Africa

Through a carefully orchestrated plan to impose transparency and good governance on the elected Chadian officials, the World Bank aims to ensure that the money is used to benefit the nation??s people, who are among the poorest in the world.

The Limits of Cotton: White Gold Shows its Dark Side in Benin

According to World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz, it is an “extraordinary moment in history”i for Africa.