New Africa Book of the Day – 30 June 2015

Racism, Ethnicity and the Media in Africa: Mediating Conflict in the Twenty-first Century, edited by Winston Mano Release Date: June 30, 2015 Publisher: I. B. Tauris Since the colonial era in Africa, racism and ethnicity have largely led to serious conflicts – the Nigerian–Biafran War, killings in Darfur, xenophobic attacks in South Africa – that …

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Bitter battle over labour brokers threatens South Africa’s fragile social order

David Dickinson, University of the Witwatersrand Foundation essay: This article is part of a series marking the launch of The Conversation in Africa. Our foundation essays are longer than usual and take a wider look at key issues affecting society. South Africa’s 21-year old democracy is under strain with different axes of social conflict contributing …

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More African children are going to school – but is quantity a distraction from quality?

Emily Smith-Greenaway, University of Southern California In recent decades, sub-Saharan Africa has experienced some of the most dramatic increases in primary school enrolment rates of any region worldwide. Though there is still room for progress the fact remains that more children are going to school, adolescents are staying in school and girls are increasingly enjoying …

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How to rebalance Africa’s relationship with China

Bamidele Adekunle, University of Guelph Sub-Saharan Africa’s economic ties with China have grown significantly this century. Beijing became the sub-continent’s biggest trading partner in 2009. But for sub-Saharan Africa to benefit fully from this relationship both parties need to change their behaviour and attitude. The dramatic rise in trade has been driven by two factors: …

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African Development Bank must gear up for a more proactive role

Kalu Ojah, University of the Witwatersrand Africa’s only regional bank, the African Development Bank Group (AfDB), has come a long way since its near collapse in 1995. It now reflects its mandate to fight poverty by aiding public and private investment projects that promote socioeconomic improvement. The bank’s advances under the decade-long leadership of outgoing …

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