24 July 17

Lessons from China: The pros and cons of rapid development

The rapid economic development of countries like Ethiopia and Rwanda are well documented. Or, more accurately, the benefits of Africa’s economic surge are widely applauded but the potential downsides of growing too much, too quickly are rarely discussed. Yet the
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19 July 17

Donald Trump has a big decision to make over Sudan sanctions

US President Donald Trump has a big decision to make next month regarding sanctions imposed on Sudan. The US president, whose travel ban on Sudan and five other predominantly Muslim nations was partially reinstated this week, will need to decide whether
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18 July 17

Somalia: Do US intervention create more terrorists?

The United States has a consistent approach to tackling extremism in foreign lands. Bombs drop from the sky, somewhat indiscriminately falling upon innocent civilians and targets identified as terrorist threats. Reports of extremist leaders being killed by airstrikes are pretty
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14 July 17

Will job for Eritrean refugees in Ethiopia stop the influx to Europe?

Last year, the World Bank teamed up with the United Kingdom and European Union to devise a new approach to the migrant crisis in Ethiopia. The Horn of Africa nation is home to more than 160,000 refugees from Eritrea but this
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13 July 17

Chinese investment in Africa is bigger than anyone realised

A lot of questions have been asked about China’s rapid investment in African nations over the last two decades. Western powers are sceptical about the intentions of China and quick to speculate the potential dangers of Africa becoming too reliant
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07 July 17

Can East Africa empower its young, growing population?

East African populations are among the youngest and fastest growing in the world. Recent studies put population growth at roughly three times the global average and estimates suggest four billion people will be living in Africa by 2100. The concern
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28 June 17

Study: These are the best African cities for quality of life

The latest Quality of Living city rankings, published by Mercer, is dominated by European cities, with Vienna topping the list of best places in the world to live. However, the study also offers insights into the quality of life on
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24 June 17

Africa faces a new set of challenges for infrastructure development

African development has been spectacular, in parts, over the last couple of decades. As the foreign investment pours in, natural resources and local talent have gradually migrated while African governments have mostly adopted the Western blueprint for democracy. However, there are
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21 June 17

Why is manufacturing still not driving East African economies?

East Africa isn’t without its economic success stories. Ethiopia and Rwanda are two of the region’s most exciting economies and Tanzania could be lining itself up as a rising force in the region. However, they – and the more established
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16 June 17

East Africa: Is deforestation hampering the fight against malaria?

The fight against malaria in East Africa is stalling. A number of financial, environmental and human-caused factors contribute to rising death rates from the disease in parts of the region, which remains one of the worst regions in the world.
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