As Liberia prepares the succession of the first woman to be elected Head of State in Africa, the team asks if the country is ready for such a monumental change after years of a brutal war, featuring Liberian academic Robtel Neajai Pailey.
Robtel Neajai Pailey, a Liberian academic based at the University of Oxford, acknowledges that the Lebanese community has contributed to Liberia's economy, but she sympathizes with Harding.
"The bottom line is we don't have the luxury of neglecting Liberian small- to medium-sized enterprises. I think if we were a middle-income country that hadn't had a war for 14 years we could say, 'Yes, let's open up and let the market take its course,' " she says. "But even countries that preach laissez-faire economics protect certain industries and give subsidies to their farmers."
Interview – De Universiteit van Leiden organiseerde onlangs een seminar waarin verschillende wetenschappers en studenten spraken over het tekort aan Afrikaanse wetenschappers in studies over Afrika. Pailey, senior onderzoeker aan de Universiteit van Oxford, was één van de sprekers. Aan OneWorld vertelt zij over haar eigen ervaringen.