Sam Jones is an Associate Professor in Development Economics at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Sam specializes in research in applied macroeconomics, foreign aid effectiveness, labour markets and education quality, with a special focus on sub-Saharan Africa. Previously, Sam worked for the Bank of England and spent seven years supporting the Government of Mozambique. Since 2012, Sam has collaborated with Twaweza in the large scale learning assessment exercises undertaken by Uwezo across East Africa.
It is unsettling how quickly the shine can come off a development success story. Only a few years ago, Mozambique was standing at the helm of sustained and rapid economic growth. Optimism was nurtured by high commodity...