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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07 December 17

Kenya’s political crisis is deepening and there’s little hope for a speedy resolution

The past year has been incredibly challenging for Kenyan politics and there’s no end in sight for the country’s ongoing crisis. While the government is calling for unity and doing everything it can to play down the severity of tension
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05 November 17

South Sudan’s youth live a life of war and daytime partying

South Sudan is one of the most dangerous places in the world for young people. Only seven countries see more young people die per year than the East African nation, which has been locked in a bitter civil war since
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31 October 17

How many African nations will follow Burundi’s departure from the ICC

Last week, Burundi became the first nation to withdraw from the Rome Statute, bringing an end to the International Criminal Court’s jurisdiction in the African country. A year after the country first threatened to abandon the Hague-based court, Burundi has
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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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18 October 17

Rwanda could be the country to lead the region’s green energy push

Over the last decade, Rwanda has established itself as a key innovator in the East Africa region. It’s a grand transformation from a country famous for the most memorable genocide in recent times, among other challenges typical for African nations
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13 October 17

Could Kenya’s election fiasco inspire change in DR Congo?

Last month, Kenya’s Supreme Court did something never seen before in Africa. It annulled President Uhuru Kenyatta’s August election victory after opposition candidate Raila Odinga accused the country’s electoral commission of foul play. Not only was it a landmark verdict
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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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30 September 17

Why South Korea is investing big in Rwanda

Chinese investment in Africa gets a lot of attention in the media. In fact, you’d be forgiven for thinking China is the only Asian country with an interest in the African continent if you rely on the mainstream media for
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