What does China’s role in Africa say about its growing global footprint?

Mark Esposito, Harvard University and Terence Tse, ESCP Europe China’s ties to Africa are likely to get stronger this year as the world’s biggest economy appears poised to once again double its investments across the fast-growing continent. The run-up to the sixth Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) to be held early next month in South …

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To help Africa and tackle migration, Europe must back local entrepreneurs

Antonio Malfense Fierro, University of Hull People leave Africa for a number of different reasons. Persecution, compulsory military service, war and turmoil are the headline causes. But just as important are the lack of opportunities for employment for young people and poor welfare conditions. Unfortunately, an approach defined at the summit of EU and African …

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PhDs in Focus: A link between science and business

By Jon Spaull If you are unable to listen to this podcast, please update your browser or click here to download [6.3MB]     In this audio interview, South African Gloria Hlongwane talks about her research into using graphene to create a cheap, portable DNA detector. Once she has completed her PhD at the University …

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After Obama comes the big challenge for Africa’s entrepreneurs

Antonio Malfense Fierro, University of Hull Though the tour of East Africa by the US president, Barack Obama, has wound up, the chatter about opportunities for foreign investment in the region continues unabated. Following Obama’s speech at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Nairobi, a series of investments has been announced to help entrepreneurs across Kenya. …

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Obama’s hangover: Capitalising on the hype

By Nicola Pearson Even the most hardened critic of Barack Obama’s US presidency couldn’t help but be caught up in the passion of his visit to East Africa last month. Nairobi was on full alert for the visit, having spent millions of dollars to clean up and secure roads and locations. Mobile ringtones of Obama’s …

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