Focus on Private Sector: New tech shouldn’t mean no jobs

By Maha Rafi Atal The development anthropologist James Ferguson published a new book last week: Give a Man a Fish. [1] Drawing on research conducted across southern Africa, Ferguson argues the world has entered a new economic era in which many people, including able-bodied, working-age people, may not find paid work for large stretches of …

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Renaissance or mirage: Can Africa sustain its growth?

Stephen Onyeiwu, Allegheny College Foundation essay: This article is part of a series marking the launch of The Conversation in Africa. Our foundation essays are longer than usual and take a wider look at key issues affecting society. The world’s eyes have turned to Africa after what many consider to be an unprecedented economic performance. …

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When better education doesn’t lead to a better job

Francis Teal, University of Oxford Many visitors in poor, sub-Saharan African countries are struck by how schools outnumber factories. The large number of schools is due partly to the success of one of the Millennium Development Goals – that primary education should be available to all children. According to the World Bank, the proportion of …

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Buhari wins – but the new president of Nigeria faces an enormous challenge

Catherine Gegout, University of Nottingham [Republished under a Creative Commons license from The Conversation.] Nigerians have chosen General Muhammadu Buhari, a former military ruler, over incumbent Goodluck Jonathan, to be their president. Following an election that saw 41 people killed in the north of the country, Goodluck conceded defeat, and congratulated Buhari on his victory. …

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Africa News Headlines for 25 February 2015

‘Witchcraft’ Used to Fight Sex Trafficking in Africa Source: Discovery News Bill Gates Plugs GMOs to Reduce Starvation in Africa Source: Daily Tech Through UN-backed project, Ethiopian marmalade will soon hit shelves at ‘Eataly’ Source: UN News Centre UN Tackles Statelessness in West Africa Source: Voice of America Brutal LRA rebel group in crisis Source: …

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