Mark Weston

Mark Weston is a writer, researcher and consultant working on public health, justice, youth employability and other global issues. He lives in Sudan, and is the author of two books on Africa – The Ringtone and the Drum and African Beauty.

The Enemy at the Gates

On a beach in Málaga the other day I asked a Senegalese handbag seller if the collapse of Spain's economy, whose effect on business has made life increasingly...

The biology of poverty traps

By way of catching up on my popular social science, I have been reading Daniel Kahneman's Thinking Fast and Slow and Esther Duflo and Abhijit Banerjee's Poor...

A complex coup in Guinea-Bissau

Last Friday, just as West Africa watchers were recovering from the excitement of the coup d'état in Mali a couple of weeks back, little Guinea-Bissau piped up...

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