13 October 17

Could Kenya’s election fiasco inspire change in DR Congo?

Last month, Kenya’s Supreme Court did something never seen before in Africa. It annulled President Uhuru Kenyatta’s August election victory after opposition candidate Raila Odinga accused the country’s electoral commission of foul play. Not only was it a landmark verdict
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06 October 17

Obesity in Africa: Populations are growing in more ways than one

Africa’s soaring population is well documented and the subsequent implications for education, public health and unemployment are major talking points. However, African populations aren’t just growing per capita; individuals are also getting larger as obesity becomes an increasing health threat
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30 September 17

Why South Korea is investing big in Rwanda

Chinese investment in Africa gets a lot of attention in the media. In fact, you’d be forgiven for thinking China is the only Asian country with an interest in the African continent if you rely on the mainstream media for
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29 September 17

These are top African countries to invest in for 2018

Each year, Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) releases a new edition of Where to invest in Africa, which assesses the economic outlook and investment opportunities in Africa. In the seventh edition of the publication, Where to invest in Africa 2018, there are some
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25 September 17

Is Kenya capable of getting election right the second time around?

Last month, Kenya’s Supreme Court annulled August’s presidential election result and ruled a second should be held within 60 days. Kenya’s electoral commission, the IEBC, promptly set an October 17 to meet the court’s deadline for a re-run. However, doubts
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21 September 17

Africa is already solving problems with artificial intelligence – but it needs to be careful

Terms like artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning and automation are dominating technology discussions around the world right now. The pros and cons of each divide experts across a wide range of industries. Some predict a digital utopia; others the end
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16 September 17

The rise of private schooling in sub-Saharan Africa

Despite criticism from the United Nations and other organisations, the rise of private schooling in sub-Saharan Africa is in full effect. Critics argue African governments should focus on providing free education to everyone while urging investors to stop supporting private
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06 September 17

Africa’s green revolution needs to start form the bottom up

Africa’s agricultural potential is no secret, but it remains unrealised. The only realistic future for African country is a self-sufficient one, where agriculture sectors are strong enough to feed themselves and generate vital income through exports. Famine and food insecurity
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04 September 17

Why are Burundians still fleeing, despite government safety claims?

Burundi’s government is calling on refugees from its country to return home, promising it is safe and peaceful. After years of internal conflict, almost half a million Burundis have fled the country and the number of those leaving continues to
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31 August 17

The Gulf-Qatar crisis puts Somalia in a diplomatic tight spot

In June, Somalia’s new president, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, withstood pressure to cut ties with Qatar. While Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt ended diplomatic relations with Qatar, Somalia adopted the neutral stance. Even neighbouring Djibouti reduced diplomatic ties
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