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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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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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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Africa News Headlines for 24 April 2015

Sudan changes law that left rape victims punished for adultery: TRFN Source: Reuters Israel refuses visa to South African cabinet minister en route to Palestinian Authority Source: Haaretz Refugees from Burundi flow into Rwanda as tensions mount Source: 12NewsNow/AP Tigo offers Tanzanians first 4G service Source: Ventures Africa What next for Africa’s kidnapped girls? Source: …

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34 African ambassadors lobby U.S. Congress for AGOA reauthorization, send letter to Paul Ryan

Ambassadors and other diplomats from 34 African countries have signed a letter sent to Congressman Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin), chairman of the Committee on Ways & Means in the U.S. House of Representatives, urging early action to reauthorize the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), which is due to expire in September. Issued on joint letterhead …

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