Patrick Smith is Editorial Director of Africa Confidential, the premier news and analysis service on economic, political and security developments in Africa.

In 2021 he co-organised a conference with the International Crisis Group and the Royal African Society on Demography, Climate Change and Security.

Starting with Associated Press in the 1980s, Smith has written widely on the political economy of Africa, the international financial institutions and what he calls ‘geo-history’. He served on the UN panel on the exploitation of mineral resources in the Democratic Republic of Congo (2002-20003). Smith contributed to a collection of short stories about Ghana published as ‘Accra Noir’ by Akashic Books (New York, 2020). 

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Patrick Smith
African politics and economics

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ACCRA — Africa produces less than 4% of the greenhouse gases that are thought to lead to climate change, and yet continental Africa is expected to be the most affected by climate change.