Tag: Africa

Africa’s existential exodus

| September 30, 2017 | 0 Comments
Africa’s existential exodus

The Italian navy is tired of plucking Africans from dangerous Mediterranean waters off Libya night after night. Thousands of Africans are smuggled weekly across the dunes of the Sahara Desert from the northern outposts of Niger by people smugglers. After desperate days in holding camps in northern Libya, another set of people smugglers sends African […]

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Africa’s thirst: severe water gaps

| July 1, 2017 | 0 Comments
Africa’s thirst: severe water gaps

Ezirazi wishes she were in school. But, like so many 10-year-old African girls south of the Sahara, she has to trek early every morning and just before sunset every night to fetch water from a well 10 kilometres away. The drinking and washing needs of her family take priority over schooling. Anyway, she also has […]

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Africa’s urban problems to worsen

| December 16, 2016 | 0 Comments
Africa’s urban problems to worsen

Africa’s destiny is in its cities. Already the home of half of sub-Saharan Africa’s 1 billion people, with untold more millions to come, some of the cities of Africa will soon be the largest in the world — with all of the possibilities and problems that pertain to megacities with high potential and inadequate infrastructures […]

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Tunisia’s fragile advances

| October 4, 2016 | 1 Comment
Tunisia’s fragile advances

When political change is not accompanied by widespread economic change, there is a risk of reversion… When old economic structures are preserved or only modestly adapted, it cannot be expected that different outcomes on growth and equality will result. — Oxford University Press. Mostly hidden from western eyes, Tunisia, the only nation to successfully emerge […]

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Will Africa keep rising?

| October 4, 2016 | 0 Comments
Will Africa keep rising?

Sub-Saharan Africa has been rising rapidly in this century, growing economically at an unprecedentedly rapid pace from 2005 to 2015, with most of its 49 countries participating in a new post-colonial prosperity. But, with China’s own economic surge slipping, India and Japan weak, Europe lagging and North American demand limited, will sub-Saharan Africa stagnate and […]

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Brazil into Africa

| June 30, 2016 | 0 Comments
Brazil into Africa

As China’s growth engines sputter, Europe remains weak and India focuses inward, African economies correspondingly retrench severely. Where African nations once were growing at a steady five percent a year, thanks to Chinese demand, now much of sub-Saharan Africa is increasing its GDP per capita at only two and three percent a year, with South […]

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South Africa’s looming crisis

| March 22, 2016 | 1 Comment
South Africa’s looming crisis

South Africa’s economic, social and political outcomes drive sub-Saharan Africa. At least it did for a few years at the end of the last century and the beginning of this one. After all, South Africa for many years harboured sub-Saharan Africa’s most dynamic economy, its most vibrant political system, its most advanced infrastructure and its […]

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In the dark: Africa’s energy shortfall

| January 4, 2016 | 0 Comments
In the dark: Africa’s energy shortfall

Pitch blackness is Africa at night. From the space station, from satellites, from high-flying aircraft, even on Google projections, compared to the rest of the globe, much of sub-Saharan Africa is dark from sunset — devoid of those cumulated glowing pinpoints that illuminate the other continents. Students in much of sub-Saharan Africa study using kerosene […]

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Africa plagued by third term-itis

| September 27, 2015 | 0 Comments
Africa plagued by third term-itis

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan’s graceful acceptance of his loss this year to incoming President Muhammadu Buhari was a major advance for African democracy, for setting peaceful transition precedents, and for helping to mature political leadership on the continent. But that easy handover to an opponent was exceptional. Equally often, African rulers cling tenaciously to their […]

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Curbing corruption in Africa

| June 23, 2015 | 0 Comments
Curbing corruption in Africa

Corruption is everywhere —  in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, China, Russia and Brazil. It persists in much of the rest of Asia beyond China, and is rampant in the Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa. Of the lowest 50 performers on Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) and the World Bank’s Control of […]

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