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Arab Acquisitions in Sub-Saharan Africa: Partners in Development?

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  • Farrar Salim

    () (Law School, University of Sydney, Camperdown, NSW, Australia)

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If the NGOs and majority of western journalists are right, Arab investors in sub-Saharan Africa are no better than “cowboys” in a lawless “African Wild West” in which they land grab, raid resources and violate the human rights of the traditional owners of the land. This paper questions the basis for that consensus and looks more deeply at the evolving partnerships between African and Arab investors in the land context as African governments seek to chart their own particular paths of development. The paper takes a “macro” and contextual approach, linking historical, political economy and legal analysis with a case study

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  • Farrar Salim, 2014. "Arab Acquisitions in Sub-Saharan Africa: Partners in Development?," The Law and Development Review, De Gruyter, vol. 7(2), pages 1-32, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:bpj:lawdev:v:7:y:2014:i:2:p:32:n:2
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    1. Daron Acemoglu & Simon Johnson & James A. Robinson, 2001. "The Colonial Origins of Comparative Development: An Empirical Investigation," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 91(5), pages 1369-1401, December.
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