Tag Archives: Africa

17 January 18

Why Africa needs to start making things for itself

Investment in Africa is big business and the list of major corporations funding projects across the continent is rapidly growing. From the Chinese construction and engineering firms pushing infrastructural development to the biggest names in technology driving innovation, there’s serious money
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14 December 17

Four challenges African innovation needs to tackle

Innovation is highlighted as a key driver for Africa’s long-term development. In the words of Makhtar Diop, the World Bank’s Vice President for Africa: “Innovation is absolutely key to African stability and growth in the coming decades”. However, the continent faces
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24 October 17

Why time could be Africa’s biggest manufacturing challenge

For years, experts have been pointing towards manufacturing as an essential drive of African economies. Deemed integral to the “awakening giant” predictions, manufacturing is expected to do similar things for Africa as it has done for China’s impressive economic rise
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20 October 17

A new report says girls in South Sudan are the least likely in the world to attend school

Last week, a new report from One Campaign revealed that girls in South Sudan are the world’s least likely to attend school. The report, entitled Poverty is Sexist: Why educating every girl is good for everyone, estimates that 130 million girls
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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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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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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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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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