Development in Africa is on firm footing: what’s the next level?

Mills Soko, University of Cape Town The end of 2016 provides an opportunity to take stock of Africa’s recent economic performance and future prospects. It’s been a tumultuous year for some African countries largely due to a commodities crisis and a global economic slowdown. Yet there were still pockets of good growth which displayed the …

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German and African researchers join forces for health

By Kaz Janowski If you are unable to listen to this audio, please update your browser or go here to download.   DFG, the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft), funds collaborative research projects between scientists in Germany and their counterparts across Africa, working on neglected infectious diseases and their social impact. The initiative was launched …

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Refugees in Africa faced bitter disappointments in 2016

Cristiano D’Orsi, University of Johannesburg This year, 471,000 refugees from the Central African Republic (CAR) voted in presidential elections. They voted even though most of them live in exile in Cameroon, the Republic of the Congo and Chad, having fled an ongoing civil war which began in 2012. Their participation reflects a collective determination to …

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Mobile Money Has Lifted 194,000 Kenyan Households Out of Poverty

by Scott Burns In an earlier post, I showed how over the past few years M-PESA and other kinds of “mobile money” have made sending money across the world as easy as sending a text message, while also facilitating commerce and financial inclusion in developing nations around the world. It’s only recently, though, that experts …

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Knowledge management crucial for Africa’s growth

By Ochieng’ Ogodo [NAIROBI] Knowledge management is crucial for Africa’s socioeconomic growth and should be at the centre of the continent’s development agenda, a meeting has heard. The observation was made last month (14-16 November) during information and knowledge management training workshop on nutrition security and trade organised in Kenya jointly by the Africa Union …

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