30 June 18

This study reveals Africa’s bad air is responsible for almost a quarter of child deaths

According to a new study from Stanford University and the University of California attributes almost a quarter of infant deaths in sub-Saharan Africa to poor air quality in the region. The study, which was published in Nature earlier this week,
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20 June 18

Big Tobacco’s big deception

South Africa’s Revenue Service (SARS) is boosting the reach of its investigative units as it raises the stakes in the fight against the country’s illegal tobacco trade, according to a recent announcement by Acting Commissioner Mark Kingon. The SARS initiative
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18 June 18

Studies confirm African migration isn’t how the Western media likes to portray it

Africa’s migrant crises are generally depicted in the same way across Western media organisations. Boats filled with immigrants heading to Europe, overloaded camps at border crossings and interviews with migrants who have settled in Western nations are regular features in
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14 June 18

Why some ‘Eritreans’ are against Ethiopia’s peace efforts

Last week, Ethiopia’s ruling coalition party extended an olive branch to Eritrea that could see an end to the longest-running conflict in Africa. For sixteen years, Ethiopia has refused to withdraw troops from disputed areas along its border with Eritrea,
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05 June 18

Press freedom is becoming even more elusive in East Africa

Press freedom has never been abundant in East Africa but the past few months have seen some of the region’s leading nations implement regulations that stifle media organisations, journalists and publishers. Kenya’s cybercrime bill is being criticised by many as
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01 June 18

How serious is Africa’s debt crisis?

During the mid-1990s, most of Africa was frozen out of global economics entirely, due to crippling debts they simply couldn’t pay. Essentially bankrupt, more than 30 countries across the continent were tied down by overheads beyond their means and major
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29 May 18

Can Abiy Ahmed pull Ethiopia out of political turmoil?

Ethiopia’s new prime minister, Abiy Ahmed, faces one of the most difficult challenges among East Africa’s leaders. He assumed office in early April, following the resignation of Hailemariam Desalegn, who admitted his failure in dealing with Ethiopia’s simmering political crisis.
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25 May 18

Why AfCTA isn’t going to solve all of Africa’s trade woes

The Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCTA) aims to remove existing trade barriers between African nations, allowing the free movement of goods and services between member nations. The idea is to bolster trade between African nations and reduce their dependency
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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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20 May 18

In Eritrea, 25 years of independence hasn’t delivered the freedom it promised

In 1993, the situation in Eritrea looked remarkably positive after 30 years of civil war, as part of Ethiopia. People danced on the streets of Asmara when the country gained independence on May 24 and the country’s newly-elected president Isaias Afewerki
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