Can Ethiopia’s Planned Economy Stand the Test of Time?

By Ibrahim B. Anoba Earlier this year, the World Bank reported that Ethiopia would be the most expansive economy in Africa for the year 2017.  This forecast is because of its steady economic growth average of 10.8 percent since 2005 – one of the highest in the world. But despite its commendable progress, a high …

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New project to aid seaweed R&D in developing nations

By Baraka Rateng’ [NAIROBI] An initiative has received funding for research and development to address disease and pest infestations threatening the global seaweed industry, especially in developing countries. The outbreaks are causing dramatic 15 per cent yield declines, particularly in three major seaweed-producing countries of Tanzania, Philippines and Indonesia, resulting in catastrophic socio-economic impacts on …

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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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YALI courses do African entrepreneurs no good

Ademola Adenle, Colorado State University Growing youth unemployment remains a socio-economic challenge in Africa. Several initiatives, including foreign development aid programmes, are being deployed to address this. Many come with noble intentions. But they are undermined by the flawed approach of parachuting solutions made in the West. A study focusing on a seven year old …

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Sport for peace and development: Zambia shows how

Iain Lindsey, Durham University; Davies Banda, University of Edinburgh; Ruth Jeanes, Monash University, and Tess Kay, Brunel University London Sport has the potential to change lives. High profile examples of individual sportsmen and women often receive significant publicity, like the ten refugee athletes who competed at the Rio Olympics in 2016, or the charitable work …

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