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Hippolyte Fofack

Hippolyte Fofack

Writing for PS since 2020
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Hippolyte Fofack, a former chief economist and director of research at the African Export-Import Bank, is a Parker fellow with the SDSN at Columbia University, a research associate at the Harvard University Center for African Studies, a distinguished fellow at the Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils, and a fellow at the African Academy of Sciences.

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  1. Restoring Africa’s Culture and Philosophy Is the Key to Development
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    Restoring Africa’s Culture and Philosophy Is the Key to Development

    May 31, 2024 Hippolyte Fofack shows how the lack of a collective consciousness has reduced most governments to managing crisis after crisis.

  2. The Way Out of Africa’s Debt Doom Loop
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    The Way Out of Africa’s Debt Doom Loop

    Apr 8, 2024 Hippolyte Fofack urges international development policymakers to address the inequities in the global financial system.

  3. Making Bretton Woods Work for Africa
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    Making Bretton Woods Work for Africa

    Mar 1, 2024 Hippolyte Fofack envisions a reformed global financial architecture that provides equal access to long-term patient capital.

  4. Africa Needs an Entrepreneurial Boom
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    Africa Needs an Entrepreneurial Boom

    Dec 19, 2023 Hippolyte Fofack argues that supporting local industrial enterprises could help reduce the continent’s import dependency.

  5. The Technologies African Farmers Need
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    The Technologies African Farmers Need

    Nov 24, 2023 Hippolyte Fofack urges policymakers to follow Ethiopia’s lead and invest in irrigation, mechanization, and fertilizers.

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    The Dangers of a US Capital Inflow Tax

    Maurice Obstfeld worries that a little-known, highly costly method of deficit reduction is gaining political traction.
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    Europe’s Green Transition Requires More Skilled Workers

    Julie Beaufils urges policymakers to boost the attractiveness of technical vocations by expanding access to apprenticeships.
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    A Monetary and Economic Order Fit for the Twenty-First Century

    Ulrich Volz, et al. identify eight priorities to build a more resilient, inclusive, and sustainable global financial architecture.
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    Putting Africa on the Path to Prosperity

    Mohamed Ould Ghazouani & Ajay Banga urge the G7 to focus on the continent’s future, and on five priorities in particular, at this week’s summit.
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    Anatomy of a Massacre

    Shlomo Ben-Ami

    The 1860 massacre of Christians in Damascus holds useful lessons about what it takes to arrest – and recover from – inter-communal violence. But there is a difference between a pogrom and a genocide, and conflating the two can do more harm than good.

    considers what the 1860 massacre of Christians in Damascus can and cannot teach us about preventing genocide.
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    AI: Hope or Hype?

    Whether generative artificial intelligence will do more harm or good to our families, economies, and societies remains an open question. In devising strategies for harnessing the technology, optimism is undoubtedly warranted, but it should not come at the expense of realism.

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    How Denmark Keeps the Far Right at Bay

    Michael Ehrenreich explains how mainstream parties have neutralized the threat of right-wing populists.
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    How Techno-Libertarians Fell in Love with Big Government

    Quinn Slobodian argues Silicon Valley investors are against the state only insofar as it is not enriching them personally.
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    How Chinese Savings Can Support the Global Green Transition

    Daniel Gros urges the EU to welcome cheap low-carbon goods, such as electric vehicles, from China.

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