Broader approach needed for health-related SDGs

By Ochieng’ Ogodo [WINDHOEK, NAMIBIA] African governments should invest more on research and development (R&D) to achieve health-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and universal health coverage (UHC), a forum has heard. According to the WHO Regional Office for Africa, which organised the forum, African health systems have seen significant improvements in health indicators but still …

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Two very different responses to Uber – Kenya and South Africa

Thando Vilakazi, University of Johannesburg and Shingie Chisoro Dube, University of Johannesburg Entry of the mobile technology ride-sharing service, Uber, into passenger transport markets across the world has brought disruptive competition with substantial benefits to consumers. Africa is no exception. Uber is currently the dominant ride-sharing app used in Africa. It has rapidly grown its …

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Is China displacing traditional foreign aid donors in Africa?

Haley J. Swedlund, Radboud University In keeping with a two decades long diplomatic tradition, the Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi chose Africa for his first overseas visit of 2017. Wang’s decision to make Africa his first stop on a five-nation tour in early January highlights the importance China places on its relations with Africa. Dramatic …

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Africa has a long history of fake news

George Ogola, University of Central Lancashire US President Donald Trump’s election and his disdain for the mainstream media has been seen by some as the triumph of post-truth politics. Post-truth politics is a culture in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief. Not only is …

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Networking project to empower girls in science launched

By Ochieng’ Ogodo [ACCRA] Africa needs to nurture girls in science to generate more empowered women in various scientific fields such as drug regulation for accelerated sustainable socioeconomic development, experts say. The experts made this call during the launch of an initiative that facilitates networking and mentee-mentor relationships to ignite female students’ aspirations towards careers …

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