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Africa: Corruption Indexes Must Look at the External Players

Africa: Corruption Indexes Must Look at the External Players

The current tendency of influential perception-based measures and indicators–i.e. Corruption Perceptions Index, World Governance Indicators, Ibrahim Index of African Governance and Afrobarometer, etc–in measuring corruption in Africa “is to focus on individuals’ perception of the extent of corruption,” explains Carlos Lopes, executive secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) in his preface to the […]

Views On Paris Climate Deal Signing – ‘A Step On a Long Journey’

Barcelona — Around 170 countries are set to sign the Paris agreement on climate change in New York on Friday, signalling their commitment to put the landmark deal to curb global temperature rise into practice. Environment and development groups praised the political will demonstrated by the high-level event, which they said was an important step […]

Tanzania: UK at Crossroads Over Aid to Dar es Salaam

Tanzania: UK at Crossroads Over Aid to Dar es Salaam

The UK government was under pressure on Saturday to review aid worth £200 million (about Sh 433.6 billion) to Tanzania in protest of the manner in which the Zanzibar election was conducted. A former Cabinet minister in the British government warned against “spraying money around” simply to ensure that Britain kept the United Nations target […]

Einstein forum aims to stem Africa brain drain

Einstein forum aims to stem Africa brain drain

  Africa’s top scientists, policymakers and start-ups have gathered for a landmark conference aimed at stemming the continent’s brain drain and encouraging governments to nurture research in fields from virology to maths. The organisers of the first Next Einstein Forum (NEF), concluding on Thursday near Senegal’s capital, Dakar, hope to reverse a situation in which […]

Conflict Grows Out of Inequality and Exclusion

Conflict Grows Out of Inequality and Exclusion

For a while Africans enthusiasm with the good economic performance of the continent has had a contagious lazy effect in many minds. It was as if the road to a new continental status was a given, even though we were all too busy approving many frameworks and strategies, centered on the need for real structural […]

Obama Signs Africa Electricity Plan Into Law

Obama Signs Africa Electricity Plan Into Law

US President Barack Obama has signed into law an initiative aimed at bringing electricity to 50 million people in sub-Saharan Africa by 2020. The Electrify Africa Act of 2015 will give legal backing to Mr Obama’s flagship Power Africa scheme, which is trying to improve access to electricity through public-private partnerships. It took nearly two […]

Food Aid to Run Out in Ethiopia Unless Donors Step in, Says Charity

Food Aid to Run Out in Ethiopia Unless Donors Step in, Says Charity

“The international community has just three weeks to provide $245 million in emergency food aid to help prevent a potentially catastrophic escalation in severe acute malnutrition (SAM) cases…” it said in a statement. “If these emergency funds do not arrive in time, there is no question that there will be a critical fracture in the […]

Senegal: About 200 Billion CFA F Received from the Kuwait Fund Since the 1970s.

Senegal: About 200 Billion CFA F Received from the Kuwait Fund Since the 1970s.

Senegal is the first recipient of the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development (KFAED) in West Africa. From the 1970s to the present day, Kuwait grant to Senegal is estimated at about 200 Billion CFA F. A critical source of funding that has been used for the funding of projects in the agricultural, livestock, infrastructure, […]

UN Secretary General Must Raise the Alarm on Ethiopia’s Worst Drought in 50 years

UN Secretary General Must Raise the Alarm on Ethiopia’s Worst Drought in 50 years

Save the Children is calling on the United Nations to urgently raise the global alarm on Ethiopia’s worst drought in 50 years as global leaders, including UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, prepare to arrive in the nation’s capital for the 26th African Union Summit starting on January 25th. The call comes as new figures reveal […]

4th Industrial Revolution Lies at the Intersection of Education and Entrepreneurship in Africa.

4th Industrial Revolution Lies at the Intersection of Education and Entrepreneurship in Africa.

The 4th Industrial Revolution is driven by newer technologies, such as 3D printing, that are changing industrial processes by accelerating them and making them more flexible. With the right tools and training, young innovators in Africa have the opportunity to skip the second industrial revolution — traditional mass production — and leapfrog straight to digital […]