CONNECTING THE DOTS
- Cuba is a small island nation that has had a huge impact on post-colonial Africa, and possibly no other figure would have as towering an influence on Africa's revolutionary imagination than Fidel Castro.
- Young women acquire HIV 7-8 years earlier than their male peers. But clinical trials from South Africa show that they are not taking their pre-exposure HIV drugs as prescribed, for it would mean admitting they are having sex
- Even in Kenya’s dusty little border town with Ethiopia, the jacaranda tree stands out as a marker of British presence – Moyale on the Kenyan side has the trees around its town centre, on the Ethiopian side there are none
As The Dust On Trump’s Victory Settles, Here’s The Unusual Way It’s Linked To Forces Shaping Africa TodayIt seems political hardening is increasingly a global phenomenon. Though the local factors that drive a nativist, authoritarian, or anti-liberal mood might be unique to each country, the broader trends are apparent.
- Few of AMISOM's backers want to shoulder the burden of Somalia's long term stability, several - including Ethiopia - have begun to withdraw their troops. Al-Shabaab will probably quietly wait them out.
- Sovereign debt is being watched carefully across Africa as a prolonged commodity markets slump and a stronger dollar makes it more difficult for governments to keep up with their repayments.
- Former French colonies are by far the most likely to see the colonial power as most influential, a legacy of the policy of Françafrique. Zimbabwe's sees China, its friend in need, as most influential
- By 2050, myopia in Africa will increase five to sevenfold from prevalence rates estimated in 2000. In the next 35 years, most African countries will have over 25% of the population needing corrective glasses.
Infrastructure Is China’s Sweet Deal For Africa, From A Country That Used More Cement In 3 Years Than The US Did In A CenturyChina is the largest single source of financing for infrastructure development outside of national budgets in sub-Saharan Africa, contributing over $13.4 billion in the region in 2013 alone
- Some of the most arid countries in Africa, including Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, and Tunisia, have the highest food availability per capita, measured in terms of daily calories available per person.
Africa In The Doing Business 2017 Rankings: Getting A Good Score Is Serious ‘Do Or Die’ State BusinessA good performance in the Doing Business rankings is increasingly becoming a government priority for many African countries, following the lead of Rwanda, which was an early star-performer.
- Length Of Coastlines In Africa, By Country; Madagascar Has A Long Beach View
- Oldest African Football Clubs: Some Are More Than A Hundred Years Old
- On Fidel Castro’s Death, And ‘Small’ Cuba’s Outsized Influence In Africa
- Young Women Most At-Risk For HIV Are Not Taking Their Prevention Drugs. Why?
- Africa’s ‘Big Brothers’: The US, China, France And Surprise, Surprise, South Africa
- Africans trust agencies of the executive branch (the presidency, army, and police) even more than the legislative branch (MPs and local councils). And they distrust electoral institutions most of all - so why have elections?
- Support for term limits is the majority view in the 29 countries surveyed, including those that have never had term limits, and (surprisingly) even in those that have removed them from their constitutions.
- But it seems Ethiopians define 'democracy' more instrumentally, in terms of provision of material welfare or effective governance, rather than intrinsically -- that is, protecting individual freedoms or following procedures
- More than half of mobile users in five African countries check their phones within five minutes of waking up. But there's more to that story.
- Along with Boko Haram and other armed groups, sectarian violence is responsible for over 16,500 civilian deaths in Nigeria over the past five years. That's 50% more than the recent Ebola epidemic
- Madagascar leads Africa in reptile biodiversity at 383 reptile species in the country. Second is South Africa with 364 species, and Tanzania is third at 335. DR Congo and Kenya round out the top five.
- Overall malaria infection prevalence in Africa has halved since the year 2000; 663 million clinical cases of malaria have been averted in the past 15 years
- The data shows that although Kenyans downplay ethnicity when portraying themselves, 'other' Kenyans are the ones who are tribal. The result is that people tend to vote defensively in ethnic blocs.
- If a country has a high HIV prevalence, it is correlated with a higher percentage of girls having comprehensive knowledge about HIV/AIDS. For boys, however, their knowledge has a weaker correlation with national prevalence
- In Africa, countries that have a relatively sound higher education system are necessarily the rich ones. And those whose economies are doing well do not always have the best universities.
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?