I can write a book on Issa’s contributions in various fields he has undertaken. For now, I need to remind all movements that seek to liberate Africa of two of his. Issa G. Shivji is one of Africa’s leading experts on law and development issues. Shivji has served as advocate of the high court and the Court of Appeal of. 3 days ago Issa Shivji is one of the great public intellectuals of postcolonial Africa. He was a law student () at the University of Dar es Salaam.

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The discussion on campus also focused on the role of the university in a socialist Tanzania.

Issa G. Shivji

Issa Shivji is one of the great public intellectuals of postcolonial Africa. In the absence of alternatives, there is the danger of populism and demagoguery filling the vacuum. Comrades thought, and I agreed, that I should remain at the University to do progressive intellectual and ideological work.

However, the issue was not simply one of economic strategy, iswa also centrally a political issue lssa the character of the State and its relation to class. What was your aim? A friend of yesteryears passed on.

Yes, it allows those close to decision makers to get exclusive access to land and then use it as some kind of equity for joint ventures with foreign capital.

A Life of Critical Engagement: An Interview with Issa Shivji

Eventually the banks and their advocates succeeded and the isas was amended inthus, for the first time, allowing for the sale of bare land.

I now think that in its essentials that argument was basically correct, although the formulations sometimes tended to be somewhat absolutist and not nuanced enough.


We hope to begin activities this year. Pan African Fellowship Programme: I submit that it is partly because the Left has not fully learnt the Gramscian lesson that the Left has to win the battle of ideas at the level of civil society before winning the battle of power at the level of the State ; that politics is where the masses are and not simply where the power resides.

A Tool for Marketing or Hegemony? Small gold-diggers got reasonable returns from the Bank of Tanzania, thus making the risk of smuggling not worth taking; while the State through the Bank of Tanzania got gold at a reasonable price compared to the world market, having cut out the middlemen and smugglers.

Yes, in essence, that is correct. Discusses two bills -the eighth constitutional amendment and the political parties act – proposed Intellectual debates were replaced by policy dialogue workshops while sustained fieldwork was overtaken by rapid appraisals and opinion polls.

But of course it could not exist for too long. It is being uploaded in his honour kssa commemoration. New Agenda -Issue Hopefully, the Centre will contribute towards reviving the culture of holistic, long-term thinking.

A distinctive and constant feature of your work, both past and present, is that you look at shivui from a classical political economy perspective. But the informal during the Mwinyi period, for a while, was actually de-linked from the main capital circuits. The Tanzanian State clearly resisted the recommendation that land ownership should be divested from the President.

What made the law faculty a catalyst for debate and change? These scholars came from all over the world, attracted to the formative intellectual ferment at the university. The Party programme — in which Ehivji see, but cannot establish yet empirically, the influence of Sokoine—candidly analysed the prior fifteen years of developments since the Arusha Declaration and acknowledged that, under the umbrella of the public sector and parastatal development, a new class of capitalists had emerged that was then beginning to flex its muscles.


We also had an shigji course, called Law and Development, given by Robert Seidman. To some extent, he was able to carve out a relatively independent niche between the superpowers while gaining sympathy from the social democrats—Canadians, Scandinavians and others.

How, then, did the recommendations from the Presidential Commission of Inquiry into Land Matters in Tanzania, which carried out its work from todiffer from what ultimately became the new Land Kssa

Issa Shivji | University of Dar es Salaam –

He has taught and worked in universities all over the world. Essay in honour of Prof. Zhivji specifically, how would you typify Nyerere now?

Even as a precocious student, Shivji began to challenge the socialist policies of the Ujamaa regime of Julius Nyerere, the first President of Tanzania. A few months after he had thrown out students from the Hill for demonstrating against the state inhe visited the campus.

That principle was embodied even in the new land laws. But as soon as the peasant hears the possibility of foreclosure on default, it immediately turns away. Underdevelopment and an Uncaptured Peasantry.