15 March 18

What’s holding back Africa’s digital revolution?

The internet is changing the way people in Africa live, perhaps at a faster and more significant rate than anywhere else in the world. With the world largest young population adopting mobile technology, the continent is the fastest-growing region for
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06 March 18

What next for the DRC if election goes ahead, as promised?

Last month, the DRC’s minister of communications, Lambert Mende, said the country’s president, Joseph Kabila, has no intentions of running in elections scheduled to be held in December this year. According to Mende, Kabila has never intended to seek a third
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28 February 18

Why 2017 was the year Africa’s tech startup scene really kicked off

Africa has been gaining attention in the tech scene for a number of years now, but the excitement surrounding Africa’s technology prospects focuses on its potential rather than the current state of things. Africa is a continent to watch with
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27 February 18

Why are African immigrants in Israel painting their faces white?

In November, Israel announced plans to deport 40,000 African refugees and shut down the Holot migrant detention centre in southern Israel. Despite criticism from refugee agencies, rights groups and various other groups, the Middle East nation put these plans into
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26 February 18

9 opportunities and challenges shaping Africa’s future

African development has made impressive strides over the past few decades and, despite a slowdown in growth in recent years, steady economic growth is forecast for 2018 and there are plenty of reasons to be optimistic about the future. Even still,
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22 February 18

Hailemariam Desalegn’s resignation won’t stop unrest in Ethiopia

Last week, Ethiopian prime minister Hailemariam Desalegn announced his resignation, following years of political unrest and violent protests in the country. It was a surprise move in which the PM took responsibility for failing to deal with Ethiopia’s political divisions more
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17 February 18

How Africa is trading away its long-term financial security

A lot is said about China’s growing investment in Africa – particularly from Western media outlets which like to paint the Asian powerhouse as taking advantage of African nations. It’s an interesting narrative given the history Western powers have with
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13 February 18

Why are Africans still waiting for visa-free travel?

In 2016, the African Union (AU) announced plans to introduce a new African Union passport that would travel across the continent much easier. “The scene seems to be set to realize the dream of visa-free travel for African citizens within
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07 February 18

These are the African elections to watch in 2018

In some ways, 2017 was a year to forget for African democracy. According to Freedom House, the decline of civil rights and democratic freedom continued across many African nations, contributing to what it’s calling democracy’s worst crisis in decades. Only Syria
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03 February 18

Will Joseph Kabila really step down as DRC president in December?

Joseph Kabila’s second term as president of the DRC came to an end in December 2016, yet the leader remains in power. Consecutive election delays mean he’ll remain in power until December this year, at which point he has promised
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