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Ndongo Samba Sylla

Ndongo Samba Sylla

last contributed to D+C/E+Z in spring of 2022 as programme manager and researcher at the Dakar office of the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, which is affiliated to The Left, a party in Germany’s federal parliament Bundestag.    

All articles of Ndongo Samba Sylla

Public discourse

Giving voice to the voiceless

Corporate interests distort public discourse, including on social-media platforms


A tale of rich and poor

African income disparities hamper the growth of a middle class

Income inequality

Why Africa lacks a robust middle class

African countries need major reforms for their middle classes to grow

Development discourse

Unsustainable western exceptionalism

For environmental reasons, western Europe and North America cannot be models of development

Development strategies

New paradigm needed

The root causes of African indebtedness are still the same

Failed policies

Descent into hell

In Africa, structural adjustment did not trigger fast growth, but had a contractive impact

Lacking opportunities

Emigration would help

Unlike young Europeans in past centuries, young Africans today are denied opportunities overseas


Why the western model doesn’t work

Informal employment dominates in Africa – well-paying jobs with social-protection benefits are the exception


Disasters waiting to happen

Failure to expand formal youth employment in Africa will mean more unrest, more migration, more crime and more religious extremism

European Union

Ostrich policy

Africans find the distinction between political and economic refugees absurd

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