CONNECTING THE DOTS
- The so-called middle class in Africa appears to be a muddling class, with ambiguities ranging from politically progressive to status-quo oriented and conservative. But definitions and lived experiences matter
- Young people in different parts of southern Ethiopia expressed a deep sense of hopelessness and a fear that they would remain trapped in poverty.
An African Paradox: Why Poor Women Earn More Than Their Husbands, And The Power And Politics Behind ItData from Kenya shows that contrary to expectation, the likelihood that a woman earns more relative to her husband decreases, rather than increases, with her education and wealth
- Bike lanes alone don't create a commuter cycling culture. Transport systems are shaped by a range of other factors, including social institutions, values, politics and topography.
- When vote buying is successful, it works mostly because it is a signaling mechanism and not really because of the cold, hard monetary value of the bribe
- Excess sedimentation, fishing pressure and climate change are the main culprits to blame for Tanganyika's troubles - but it is also being eyed by oil and gas explorers
- In Africa only 7.3% of babies are born via caesarean section, but its a very mixed picture across the continent. Some countries have very high rates such as Egypt (51.8%) and Mauritius (47%), the highest in Africa.
A Road Gobbles Up A Forest In Cameroon, But Big Data Helps Build A New Generation Of ‘Forest Guardians’The road connecting Cameroon and Nigeria and extending the Lagos-Mombasa Trans-African Highway has brought social and economic benefits to the local population. But it has also eaten up a forest along the way.
If You Are A Refugee, Uganda Is One Of The Better Places To Be – Even So, Things Are Getting TougherAlongside the economic hardships, Kampala's South Sudanese population have to deal with occassionally frosty locals, some whom have negative perceptions of their northern neighbours.
- Pregnant women exhale about 21% more carbon dioxide in the later stages of pregnancy than non-pregnant women; they also have warmer bodies - both of which attract mosquitoes
At A Time Of Chemical Attacks: Explosive Violence And The Most Dangerous Places To Be A Civilian In AfricaSyria isn't the only place where use of chemical weapons has been reported - Sudan was suspected of using them in Darfur last year. Recent data shows explosive violence has been escalating in Somalia, but dropping in Nigeria
- Length Of Coastlines In Africa, By Country: Plus, How Climate Change May Spoil The View
- Oldest African Football Clubs: Some Are More Than A Hundred Years Old
- An African Paradox: Why Poor Women Earn More Than Their Husbands, And The Power And Politics Behind It
- The Logic Of Buying Votes In Africa: What Works, What Doesn’t, And What It All Means
- African Countries Where Homosexuality Is Legal, Decriminalised Or Law Is Silent As At 2008
- Within a month the weaker currency could translate into higher fuel prices at the pump, affecting household budgets and business margins. But the impact will start to be felt more dramatically in about six months time
- Court costs and long delays are an important deterrent for both groups, but these weigh much more on the minds of wealthier respondents than among the poorest; the latter are also likely to say they fear being treated unfairly
Morocco On A Diplomatic And Economic Offensive In Africa, 33 Years After It Left The OAU. Will The Strategy Deliver?Morocco is today the second largest foreign investor, after South Africa, in other AU countries. Its also now in a position to grant foreign aid that swings AU votes in its favour.
- Together, the five missions soak up more than $5.2 billion, or 67% of the entire UN peacekeeping budget, amid fears that the missions will have to slashed at US President Donald Trump's behest.
- Anyone found loitering, anyone who was homeless or found in the wrong abode, making noise on the streets, sleeping in public or hawking superstitious material or paraphernalia was, and still is, liable for imprisonment.
- What makes food price spikes all the harder to bear is that there is rarely a corresponding increase in peoples wages. And when the drought is over, prices often stay stubbornly high
- The hijacking of Aris 13 was a warning signal that any over-confidence in the international response, complacency within the shipping industry or the belief that Somali piracy is over, is misguided.
- Right from its inception, the AU has faced problems of member states not paying their dues on time; sanctions should kick in after a country has defaulted two years in a row
Size Of Cabinets In Africa, As Ghana’s Akufo-Addo Names ‘Elephant’ Team Of 110 Ministers, And CountingIn Africa, larger cabinets are more common in post-conflict countries that are trying to build a broader national consensus, especially in countries with high political or ethnic fragmentation
- Little Cab promises to be an effective competitor to Uber in Kenyas ride sharing economy due to its link to the Safaricom's mobile money platform.
FROM THE ARCHIVES
- The use of motorcycles for commercial transport has grown very rapidly in recent years, for several economic reasons that have been well articulated. But its social and political impact is a bigger, more layered story.
- Streamlining logistics and clearance is an existential issue for landlocked countries, but the coastal countries have the “luxury” of dysfunction.
- Since the prize was launched, there have been more years when it has not been awarded, than when it has
- Kenya is punching above its weight in diversification of exports – in the analogy of anthropologists, it is less of a hunter economy and more of a gathering one – all sorts of small items find their way to the export market
- Some of the 'happiest' countries in Africa also have high FGM rates, they score badly on representation of women in politics, and female folk tend to be treated badly in these countries. A contradiction?