Tag Archives: Africa

24 November 18

This non-profit wants to pay refugees to train AI algorithms

According to the latest figures from UNHCR, there are approximately 30 million refugees and asylum seekers around the world, plus a further 40 million people internally displaced within their own countries -totalling 68.5 million people worldwide. The global refugee crisis is
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16 November 18

Tightening up the Ugandan tax net key to boosting public health

In a very encouraging sign for public health, the Ugandan government has announced that the revenue gleaned from taxes on alcohol and soft drinks will be channeled into a fund to provide lifesaving HIV treatment. Unfortunately, making sure that the
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09 October 18

CSAG: Extreme weather putting African societies and economies at risk

An increase in extreme weather patterns across Africa is putting the continent’s societies and economies at risk, according to the Climate System Analysis Group (CSAG) at the University of Cape Town.

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30 September 18

African governments still aren’t doing enough to open internal trade

In March this year, more than 40 African leaders signed a free trade pact that aims to make it easier for countries across the continent to produce, sell and do business across borders. Intra-African trade is key to sustainable development
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03 July 18

The other side of ‘overpopulation’ in Africa

While population growth is slowing in the developed world – and even shrinking in certain cases, such as Japan, Germany and Spain – Africa’s population is steeply increasing. For a continent that, in many places, still struggles to feed itself,
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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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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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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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15 May 18

Why Africa needs to do more to protect its forests

Africa’s forests are home to some of the most biodiverse habitats, relied upon by hundreds of millions of people and play a crucial role in the battle against climate change – but deforestation threatens to kill the continent’s dwindling natural
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01 May 18

Africa’s startup scene is coming of age in 2018

Last year marked something of a turning point for Africa’s startup scene with a record-breaking $650m being raised from investors – more than a 50% increase on the previous year. After a decade of relatively modest investment into African startups
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