📢 Colonial Currencies & Other Investment Stratagems — a conversation with Ndongo Samba Sylla

Episode 3,   Apr 21, 2021, 03:16 PM

With Ndongo Samba Sylla, this episode examines how colonial structures have been perpetuated and institutionalised through currencies like the Franc of the Financial Community of Africa (CFA), and investment stratagems such as public-private partnerships (PPPs).

After developing an understanding of the Berlin Conference’s implications, of the concept of Eurafrica, and of how the European Integration project was truly founded in the previous episodes, we wanted to understand more about how these structures have continued, and how they have been transformed and institutionalised in contemporary international relations. One fundamental example of this is the Franc of the Financial Community of Africa (CFA). We invited Ndongo Samba Sylla, a development economist at the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation in Dakar (Senegal), who recently co-authored Africa’s Last Colonial Currency: The CFA Franc Story with Fanny Pigeaud (published by Pluto Press), onto the podcast to discuss these issues with us.

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FRAUD (Audrey Samson & Francisco Gallardo)

Original music by Frédéric Laurier
Sound editing by Kitty Turner
Images by Francisca Roseiro

Partnerships was produced as part of the 5th Istanbul Design Biennial — Empathy Revisited: Designs for more than one, organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts, and curated by: Mariana Pestana, Sumitra Upham and Billie Muraben.

The EURO—VISION public programme has been commissioned by Arts Catalyst & RADAR.

This public programme has been generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, Arts Council England and Acción Cultural Española.