South Africa is rebranding its condom campaign: will it work this time?

Erica Penfold, South African Institute of International Affairs The South African National Department of Health has launched a new safe sex campaign. Over the next three years it plans to distribute 3 billion scented male condoms, 54 million female condoms and 60 million sachets of lubricant to 4000 sites countrywide. It will cost taxpayers R3.5 …

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Celebrity reflections on Africa’s fight against malaria

By Alberto Leny As Africa celebrates a success story from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), who can better narrate the progress made in the fight against malaria than one of the continent’s celebrities — Yvonne Chaka Chaka. At the 3rd Financing for Development Conference (FFD) in Ethiopia last week (13-16 July), when I interviewed Chaka …

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Q&A: Enhancing agricultural transformation in Africa

By Alberto Leny Agricultural transformation and food security continue to feature prominently in Africa’s development agenda. African governments, researchers and international agencies recognise the importance of science, technology and innovation (STI) in driving this agenda, as was evident during the2015 AgriBusiness Forum held in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo early this year (22-25 March). The …

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What Greece can learn from Africa about the effects of austerity after a debt crisis

Ian Scoones, University of Sussex Some have asked what can Africa learn from Greece. I argue that Greece (and others) can learn a lot from the African experience. Debt is on the rise again not just in Greece, but across the world. A decline in commodity prices with a strengthening of the US dollar makes …

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Mandela’s belief that education can change the world is still a dream

Wim de Villiers, Stellenbosch University Universities can play an important part in fulfilling Nelson Mandela’s much-quoted belief that: Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. Mandela Day, the late South African president’s birthday, is an opportunity to reflect on how his statement of intent actually works in practice. …

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