African policymakers get new, reliable climate data

By Baraka Rateng’ [NAIROBI] Climate change in Africa is least-researched and poorly understood, but a new report could help decision-makers get reliable scientific information about it to aid planning. The report, from Future Climate for Africa (FCFA), has new information that could be used in decision-making, leading to great potential benefits for millions of Africans …

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Facebook use and risky sex in Swaziland

Bhekumusa Lukhele, Kyoto University Young Swazi adults who spend a significant amount of time on Facebook and have previously had sex with someone they met on the popular social networking site are likely to have several partners, according to a study we conducted in Swaziland. The backdrop to the survey was that Swaziland has identified …

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Kenya’s early learning centers may do more harm than good

John Teria Ng’asike, Mount Kenya University Like the rest of the developing world, more and more women in Kenya are joining the formal workforce. As a result there’s been a growing need for centres that can care for young children. This has seen early childhood development and education centres in Kenya mushroom, spurred by a …

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Meet Johannesburg’s New Libertarian Mayor

Interview by Leon Louw Herman Mashaba is an unlikely mayor for South Africa’s largest city. In a country that has been dominated for more than two decades by the left-wing African National Congress (ANC), no one foresaw political victory for a self-declared “capitalist crusader,” property rights zealot, and beauty products mogul who opposes the minimum …

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Report identifies African universities’ progress in R&D

By Samuel Hinneh [ACCRA] African universities have made progress in addressing gaps related to research infrastructure and systems, according to a report published by the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM). The report resulted from a review by the Capacity Research Unit (CRU) at the LSTM of research support systems and structures of universities involved …

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