Africa

West Africa should learn better trade and integration from its great ancient empires

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The dream of the founding fathers of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) was, among others, to foster trade and development among member states. But the integration dream will only be realized if institutional barriers to trade are addressed. These include poor protection of trade routes, weak enforcement, the fact that traders don’t Read More

African Australians say they’ve been racially vilified and are pushing back

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Brisbane, Australia Australia’s young African population is pushing back at what they see as a racially sensationalized portrayal of their place in Australian society by politicians and the local media. Prime minister Malcolm Turnbull started off the year on Jan. 1 by warning Australians of the threats posed by supposed criminal gangs of African descent Read More

This is how we should honor Calestous Juma’s vision for an Africa of innovation

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No discussion about the history of science, technology and innovation policy in Africa is complete without mentioning Calestous Juma. Juma, professor of International Development at Harvard University, passed away late last year after a long battle with cancer. Juma championed the use of technological innovation to tackle sustainable development challenges like food insecurity, climate change, Read More

Bitcoin Adoption in Africa Hinders EAC Plans for a Unified Currency

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Economy & Regulation Due to a declining economy and eroding national currencies, the East African Community (EAC), an intergovernmental central bank organization composed of six countries in eastern Africa have plans to adopt a unified currency. However, the growing popularity of bitcoin and other digital currencies are hindering the East African central bank’s abilities to Read More

China’s role in Zimbabwe’s regime change says more about China than Zimbabwe

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The fall of Robert Mugabe has dominated global coverage of Africa over the past few weeks. In Western coverage of the first week after the coup in Zimbabwe there was speculation about what China knew beforehand and whether Beijing played an active role in pushing for it. China’s mention drowned out other notable external stakeholders Read More

Bitcoin Mining Uses More Power Than Most African Countries

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Mining is the lifeblood of Bitcoin but like any industry, it consumes power to unlock the precious virtual currency. There are massive mining operations around the world and they are bound to be more popping up in the next few years as Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies continue their path into mainstream acceptance. As it stands, Read More

A speech by Ghana’s president calling for Africa to end its dependency on the West is a viral hit

3 months ago admin2 Comments Off on A speech by Ghana’s president calling for Africa to end its dependency on the West is a viral hit
The idea that African countries have long been independent and free to pursue their own destinies seems obvious to young Africans across the continent. Yet, the everyday reality often feels far from that. Some 50 to 60 years after independence for many countries, Africa’s fortunes seem to still closely aligned with developmental support and financial Read More

DR Congo citizens can’t wait for the end of 2017—but 2018 isn’t looking any better

3 months ago admin2 Comments Off on DR Congo citizens can’t wait for the end of 2017—but 2018 isn’t looking any better
For the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) 2017 was a disaster. Presidential and legislative elections were delayed, the violence in Kasai intensified, a long-standing opposition leader died and violence in eastern Congo continued. To be sure, 2016 was hardly better. As the slated presidential and legislative elections deadline expired on Nov. 27 2016, Joseph Kabila Read More

The backlash to voluntourism hurts more than it helps

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When I was 17, I really wanted to go to Africa. To be honest, I’m not totally sure where the impulse came from. I suspect it had something to do with the fact that I was a politically liberal teenager who had just finished six years at a conservative Catholic school where “pro-life” George W. Read More