China’s building plans could strain African economies

Ricardo Reboredo, Trinity College Dublin It has been described by Chinese president Xi Jinping as the “project of the century”. And the One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative is certainly ambitious. A massive infrastructural development program that will potentially span 60 countries, and cost an estimated US$5 trillion, it will mean building new rail networks, …

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Why promoting green infrastructure in Africa may be bad for development

Mike Muller, University of the Witwatersrand Inadequate infrastructure is widely recognised to be holding back Africa’s development and lowering the quality of life of its citizens. The traffic jams of Nairobi, the power cuts of Nigeria or the water shortages that currently afflict Harare and Bulawayo are some of these. The same is true in …

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Africa News Headlines for 8 April 2015

USNS Spearhead arrives in Gabon for Africa Partnership Station Source: United States Africa Command Africa to sponsor 10,000 diaspora scholars Source: The PIE News Medicinal use of dagga up for debate Source: Times Live Rwanda genocide remembered at UN Source: United Nations Radio Gabon to host 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Source: Deutsche Welle Blackberry …

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Africa News Headlines for 6 March 2015

International Women’s Day: Africa’s women need to believe in themselves and start leading the way Source: The Independent The secret artists colony that wants to change the world with chocolate heads Source: CNN South Africa as a continental PhD hub? Source: University World News As heroin trade grows, a sting in Kenya Source: CNBC Africa/Reuters …

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Africa News Headlines for 30 January 2015: Special AU Summit Edition

What To Expect From the African Union Summit Source: Codewit World News African Union summit gets underway in Ethiopia Source: Business Standard Ebola and Nigerian strife to top AU summit agenda Source: Mail & Guardian African Union Chief Tries to Galvanize Organization Source: Wall Street Journal African Union Summit Begins with Series of Speeches Source: …

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