East Africa

Research includes extractive industries and resource governance, inclusive economic growth, and the region’s influence in international affairs.

East Africa has largely managed to buck the trend of low growth that has affected some of the continent’s largest economies.

But it faces a diverse range of challenges, such as rising state authoritarianism, the management of recent oil and gas discoveries, diversifying heavily agriculture- and commodity-dependent economies, and growth that is not benefitting the poorest in society.

Major research work on East Africa focuses on inclusive development in Kenya and on Tanzania’s apparent re-orientation towards the developmental state.