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Fantu Cheru

Affiliated Senior Advisor



Fantu Cheru is a Senior Researcher at the African Studies Centre, Leiden (The Netherlands) and Associate Senior Fellow at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) Mali Civil Society and Peacebuilding Project. 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, a joint initiatives of the Governments of Finland and Tanzania. 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 a number of 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: Agricultural Development and Food Security in Africa: The Impact of Chinese, Indian and Brazilian Investments (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 (2010); African Renaissance: Roadmaps to the Challenge of Globalization (2002); The Millennium Development Goals: Mobilizing Resources to Tackle World Poverty (2005); Ethiopia: Options for Rural Development (1990); The Silent Revolution in Africa: Debt, Development and Democracy (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 a number of academic journals.

Focus Areas

  • Political economy
  • Natural resources governance
  • Agriculture and food security
  • Urban and regional planning
  • Democracy and governance
  • International relations
  • Migration and development
  • Regional integration

Countries & Regions

  • Ethiopia
  • Ghana
  • Kenya
  • Mozambique
  • Sierra Leone
  • South Africa
  • Zambia


  • English
  • Amharic
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