📢 Colonial currencies & other investment stratagems — a conversation with Ndongo Samba Sylla
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.
Sound editing by Kitty Turner
Images by Francisca Roseiro
The EURO—VISION public programme has been commissioned by Arts Catalyst & RADAR.