Private Enterprise Secures Freedom for Women in Kenya

by Rahimat Emozozo In Africa, women have long been hindered by a lack of social and financial independence, especially in poorer regions. Local cultures have imposed dependency on men, often forcing poor families to live off of a single income. Women’s financial and professional prospects are often bleak. The patriarchal system that exists in most …

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Blockchain Could Launch this African Nation to the Top

by Liam Cardenas Ghana is a relatively small West African nation just north of the Gulf of Guinea. Accra, the nation’s capital, is situated on the southern coast of the country. While the coastal and politically-connected southern half of the state does quite well, Northern Ghana is often neglected and forgotten. The city of Wa, for …

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South Africa Is Repeating the Mistakes of Apartheid

by Martin van Staden After the end of Apartheid in 1994, nobody would have guessed that South Africa would be making many of the same mistakes as the Apartheid regime only two decades later, from censoring speech to violating agricultural property rights. In our process of transformation, we were supposed to move away from the Apartheid …

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More Patronizing European Advice Won’t Make Africa Rich

by Stacy Ndlovu Last month, during a press conference at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, a journalist from the Ivory Coast asked French President Emmanuel Macron why there was no Marshall Plan for Africa. His response, which included a claim that Africa’s problems were, at least in part, “civilisational” triggered a predictable social media …

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The Epic Boom and Bust of the Ostrich Feather Market

by Kelly Jensen Kelly Jensen Digital Collections Specialist, California Academy of Sciences, gives one of five Shift Ignite talks earlier this year at the Shift Forum. A fascinating tale of tulip-mania (but with feathers!), this five-minute Ignite talk reminds us all what happens when social behaviors rapidly change. Kelly Jensen: Hi, I’m Kelly Jensen. I’m …

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