Ethiopia: on track to become Africa’s industrial powerhouse

Jostein Hauge, University of Cambridge and Muhammad Irfan, University of Cambridge Ethiopia seems to be attracting the attention of economists interested in Africa, and for good reason. Except for Rwanda, Ethiopia is the only African country whose economic growth has been consistently high for more than a decade without relying on a natural resource boom. …

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Data key to solving Africa’s development challenges

By Sam Otieno [KASANE, BOTSWANA] Effective use of data will provide opportunity and impetus for solving African socioeconomic and environmental challenges. This was one of the key messages I gathered out of the 10th General Assembly of the Africa Academy of Sciences meeting this week (21-22 June) in Kasane, Botswana. How open data revolution is …

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Brexit makes African exporters face choppy waters

Fatima Bhoola, University of the Witwatersrand and Nimisha Naik, University of the Witwatersrand One would certainly be forgiven if, like us, you found yourself doing a double take at the news that Britain’s public voted in favour of leaving the EU. This is because shortly before the Brexit polls closed, opinion polls were showing the …

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Ethiopia, Eritrea skirmish unlikely to spiral into another war

Seyoum Y. Tesfay, Addis Ababa University International attention has once again been drawn to the fraught relationship between Ethiopia and Eritrea. Both sides admit that the recent flare-up of armed conflict on the common border has resulted in “significant casualties”. The border between the two countries remains heavily militarised, with a no man’s land between …

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Addressing skills gaps for Africa’s sustainable growth

By Christabel Ligami [HARARE] A strategic plan has been created to address gaps in skills capacity required to help Africa implement the first ten years of Agenda 2063. The plan was described in a new report titled Africa’s critical technical skills, a key capacity dimension needed for the first ten years implementation of agenda 2063 …

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