Lake Tanganyika’s fate lies in the balance

Andrew Cohen, University of Arizona Standing on the steep rocky shores of Lake Tanganyika at sunset, looking out at fishermen heading out for their nightly lamp-boat fishing trips, it’s easy to imagine this immense 32,900km2 body of water as serene and unchanging. Located in the western branch of the great African Rift Valley it’s divided …

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African researchers to combat climate change

By Samuel Hinneh [ACCRA] A programme is building the capacity of African researchers to understand climate change impacts and develop evidence-based solutions to help policymakers tackle climate change challenges. The Climate Impact Research Capacity and Leadership Enhancement (CIRCLE) fellowship – an initiative by the African Academy of Sciences and Association of Commonwealth Universities – seeks …

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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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The legacy of autocratic rule in Tanzania

Rob Ahearne, University of East London The Arusha Declaration of 1967 is a defining document in Tanzania’s and Africa’s post colonial history. It began a process of nationalisation and rural collectivisation which was then replicated in other parts of the continent. As one of the few countries in East Africa not beset by internecine conflicts, …

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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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