Professor Fantu Cheru

Professor Fantu Cheru

Inaugural Thandika Mkandawire Memorial Lecture

Fantu Cheru is Emeritus Professor of International Political Economy at American University (Washington, DC) and Senior Researcher at the African Studies Centre, Leiden University (The Netherlands). He served as Associate Senior Fellow at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), and the North-South Institute in Ottawa, Canada.  From 2007-12, he was the Research Director at the Nordic Africa Institute in Uppsala, Sweden. Previously, Dr. Cheru served as a member of UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Panel on Mobilizing International Support for the New Partnership for African Development (2005-2007) as well as Convener of the Global Economic Agenda Track of the Helsinki Process on Globalization and Democracy, (Helsinki, Finland). Dr. Cheru also served as the UN’s Special Rapporteur on Foreign Debt and Structural Adjustment for the UN Commission for Human Rights in Geneva from 1998-2001. In addition, Dr. Cheru has served both as an advisor and consultant to several governments and donor institutions including the UN Economic Commission for Africa, UNDP, UN-Habitat, SIDA, DANIDA, NORAD, among others.

Among Professor Cheru’s publications include: Oxford Handbook of the Ethiopian Economy (with Chris Cramer and Arkebe Oqubay, 2018); Agricultural Development and Food Security in Africa: The Impact of Chinese, Indian and Brazilian Investments (with Renu Modi, 2013); Africa and International Relations in the 21st Century, co-edited with Scarlett Cornelissen and Timothy M. Shaw (Palgrave, 2011); The Rise of China and India in Africa (with Cyril Obi, 2010); African Renaissance: Roadmaps to the Challenge of Globalization (2002), and The Silent Revolution in Africa: Debt, Development and Democracy (ZED, 1989). His articles have appeared in numerous international journals: World Development; Review of African Political Economy; International Affairs; Third World Quarterly: Global Political Economy, among others. He currently serves on the editorial board of several academic journals.

Title of Lecture: “On resuscitating the aborted national project: A retrospective and prospective view” (Notes from my last conversation with Thandika Mkandawire)