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Modern Beekeeping Offers Ethiopian Youth a Sweeter Future

Modern Beekeeping Offers Ethiopian Youth a Sweeter Future

Beekeeper Ayenalem Ketema is the proud owner of three hives which have produced enough honey for the young Ethiopian to build a house equipped with solar panels and buy some farm animals with the proceeds. Ketema, who lives in Jimma in southwestern Ethiopia, left school when she was 17 and has kept bees for four […]

17 Key Traits That Separate Managers From Leaders [Infographic]

17 Key Traits That Separate Managers From Leaders [Infographic]

“You manage things. You lead people.” – Grace Hopper The difference between managing and leading might seem fuzzy to managers, but it’s crystal clear to their direct reports. Think about it: Would you rather be told what to do, or sold on a vision? Would you prefer to work for someone who rules with an iron […]

Why Africa doesn’t have to choose between the West and China

Why Africa doesn’t have to choose between the West and China

When it comes to relations with China – and development strategies more generally – there are two opposing camps in Africa. But the approach that will bring the most progress is a “middle passage” that smooths contradictions and offers a balanced, accommodative, and pragmatic vision behind which Africans can unite. On one side of the […]

Youth entrepreneurship is central to Africa’s sustainable development agenda, says ILO

Youth entrepreneurship is central to Africa’s sustainable development agenda, says ILO

With millions of young Africans unable to secure formal employment opportunities, boosting entrepreneurship is critical to harnessing their energy and advancing Africa’s economic transformation and industrial development, Aeneas Chapinga Chuma said at the opening of the Federation of West African Employers Associations’ (FOPAO/FWAEA) General Assembly. “The biggest business opportunities in the coming decade will be […]

Should a Woman Act More Like a Man to Succeed at Work?

Should a Woman Act More Like a Man to Succeed at Work?

Women comprise more than half the workforce. Yet, less than 20 percent of C-suite executives are women and only five percent of CEOs are women. To help answer why there are not more women in the top ranks of leadership, scientists at Development Dimensions International (DDI), the global leadership development consultancy, released two research studies […]

International Women’s Day 2016: Tech inventions by women that we use in our everyday lives

International Women’s Day 2016: Tech inventions by women that we use in our everyday lives

Life today has been made so convenient thanks to the technology we use in our everyday lives. But did you know that many of these technological inventions were in fact pioneered by women? Some of them date back to a century when women did not even have suffrage rights in most countries. This International Women’s […]

The 7 Habits of Real Leaders

The 7 Habits of Real Leaders

Ever wonder what life was like before we had gazillions of self-help books and blogs to tell us which habits and routines will make us more effective, productive, liked and even happy? How we should and shouldn’t talk, behave, work and live? – We had role models to look up to — real leaders guided by principles of […]

Eating the intra-African trade pudding: Uganda, South Africa top as neighbours drive Kenya’s tourism recovery

Eating the intra-African trade pudding: Uganda, South Africa top as neighbours drive Kenya’s tourism recovery

Proving Africa will reap from trading with itself, vacationers from Rwanda, Burundi, DRC and Ethiopia have shored up Kenya’s tourism. LAST year, to much fanfare, 26 African nations signed off on a free-trade ‘super bloc’ that seeks to improve the absurdly low levels of intra-regional trade on the continent, at the Egyptian seaside resort of Sharm el-Sheikh. […]

South Africa’s first black female winemaker ready to go it alone

South Africa’s first black female winemaker ready to go it alone

“What is wine? Is it a cider or something? I hated the first sip.” That was Ntsiki Biyela’s first reaction after she won a scholarship to study winemaking in 1998. Now she’s an international award winning vintner and resident winemaker at the Stellekaya winery in Stellenbosch — east of Cape Town, South Africa. She’s also […]

Moringa women: using solar energy to grow women’s incomes in rural Guinea

Moringa women: using solar energy to grow women’s incomes in rural Guinea

Moringa is a vitamin-rich tree that supports biodiversity and prevents soil erosion by keeping the earth full of nutrients. Its leaves provide a dietary supplement and offer over 300 medicinal benefits for many societies worldwide. For its many rumored health benefits, global demand for moringa is on the rise, as are its market prices.