23 May 18

This Somalia livestock investment app highlights African innovation

African innovation is becoming something of a buzzword on the international startup scene. The continent’s unique collection of developmental challenges and increasing entrepreneurial spirit has captured the interest of investors around the world. It’s also produced some wonderful solutions from
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10 May 18

How sports betting grips millennials across East Africa

The rise of sports betting in Africa has been reported from multiple angles, ranging from economic opportunities to the social consequences of a gambling population. Whether your view on the matter is positive or negative, there’s no getting away from
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03 May 18

South Sudan’s child soldiers are struggling to fit back into society

More than 500 child soldiers have been freed in South Sudan this year as pressure on the country’s government and rebel groups to end the recruitment of children increases. In April, 112 boys and 95 girls took part in a
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01 May 18

What has South Sudan gained from independence?

As South Sudan’s peace process continues to fail and the international community debates which course of action to take, the number of people killed or forced to leave their homes only rises. Meanwhile, the reports of horrific human rights abuses
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01 May 18

Africa’s startup scene is coming of age in 2018

Last year marked something of a turning point for Africa’s startup scene with a record-breaking $650m being raised from investors – more than a 50% increase on the previous year. After a decade of relatively modest investment into African startups
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30 April 18

This is what HRW has to say about the human rights situation in Eritrea

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has been examining events in Eritrea since the country first gained independence from Ethiopia in 1991. After a bitter 30-year war, tensions between the two countries remain and border disputes are a regular threat to stability
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25 April 18

East Africa’s drug shortage problem is only getting worse

Countries in the East Africa Community (EAC) currently produce just 30 percent of the medicine needed across the region, importing the rest from overseas. The inability of local pharmaceutical actors to provide low-cost medicines at the volume required by the citizens of
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20 April 18

Tanzania has warned people against protesting – and it seems to be working

For weeks, the Tanzanian government has been warning citizens against taking to the streets in protest on April 26. A US-based activist had called for nationwide protests against John Magufuli’s government as complaints about suppressing civil freedoms increase. Despite this, the
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19 April 18

Ugandan constitutional coup: a regrettable sign of the times

The coming weeks could represent a make-or-break moment for Uganda’s long-suffering political opposition – and for the political integrity of Africa as a whole. The country’s court is due to review a legal challenge to a recent amendment of the
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13 April 18

The rise of Djibouti as a global military, economic force

Djibouti is one of the world’s smallest and most water-scarce nations in the world. Yet the tiny Horn of Africa nation is establishing itself as a global military and economic force that’s indispensable to powerhouse nations like the US and
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