IDEAS home Printed from
   My bibliography  Save this article

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


  • Farrar Salim

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


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

Suggested Citation

  • 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

    Download full text from publisher

    File URL:
    Download Restriction: For access to full text, subscription to the journal or payment for the individual article is required.

    As the access to this document is restricted, you may want to search for a different version of it.

    References listed on IDEAS

    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.
    2. Eric Neumayer, 2004. "Arab-related Bilateral and Multilateral Sources of Development Finance: Issues, Trends, and the Way Forward," The World Economy, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 27(2), pages 281-300, February.
    3. Serra Gianluca, 2011. "The Practice of Tying Development Aid: A Critical Appraisal from an International, WTO and EU Law Perspective," The Law and Development Review, De Gruyter, vol. 4(1), pages 1-31, January.
    Full references (including those not matched with items on IDEAS)

    More about this item


    Access and download statistics


    All material on this site has been provided by the respective publishers and authors. You can help correct errors and omissions. When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:bpj:lawdev:v:7:y:2014:i:2:p:32:n:2. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Peter Golla). General contact details of provider: .

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    If CitEc recognized a reference but did not link an item in RePEc to it, you can help with this form .

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your RePEc Author Service profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

    IDEAS is a RePEc service hosted by the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis . RePEc uses bibliographic data supplied by the respective publishers.