CONNECTING THE DOTS
2017 Set New Record For Civilian Deaths In Conflict: Somalia Had Worst Incident With 512 Killed By Truck BombCivilian deaths in both Syria and Iraqincreased by over 50%. However,civilian deaths in Somalia increased by 200%, with a surge in IED attacks by militant group al-Shabaab.
They Have The Tech In Their Hands: The Farming Revolution In Africa Will Begin With Giving Youth A VoiceIn northern Malawi 80% of women produce legumes, onions, maize and tobacco. In this same region, 20% of men come in at the end, to sell the produce and participate other income generating activities.
Over Two Years Later With Nearly 500,000 Of Its Citizens Having Fled Violence, Burundi Remains DeadlockedReports of disappearances and extra-judicial killings continue to emerge well over two years after major unrest broke out following President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid to seek a third term in office.
- The next 12 months are not likely to be kind to African democracy.
Biya Yesterday, Today And Tomorrow? After Mugabe, Cameroon Strongman Marks 35th Years In Subdued MoodAt the beginning of this year, the list of Africas top longest serving leaders looked like this: Dos Santos, Obiang Nguema, Mugabe, Biya, and Sassou Nguesso. Two of those men have since gone.
- Ethiopia's Grand Renaissance Dam will have an installed generating capacity of 6000MW. This is similar in size to the worlds largest nuclear power station, Japans Kashiwazaki-Kariwa plant.
3.4 Million Kenyans Need Food Aid, 480,000 Children Hit By Acute Malnutrition: How Did It Get To This?There have been wholesale staple food price increases of between eight and 32% above average in the urban markets of Nairobi, Mombasa, and Eldoret
- Ironically, the latest strike came as the Somali government officially took back control of its own airspace from the International Civil Aviation Organisation, 27 years after the fall of the central government in 1991.
40% More People On ARVs In Kenya Than There Were Four Years Ago, But Progress Against HIV Still Has Big GapsBy 2030, the WHO says, there should be no new infections, no AIDS-related deaths and no stigma or discrimination related to the virus in the world.
- 7.6 million people need assistance for their day-to-day survival; 2.1 million have fled as refugees in neighbouring states; 1.9 million are displaced within South Sudan; 4.8 million are severely food insecure.
In First Six Months Of 2017, 2.7 Million People In Africa Were Newly Displaced, That’s 15,000 Every DayAt the end of 2016, 12.6 million Africans were living in displacement
- 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
- African Countries Where Homosexuality Is Legal, Decriminalised Or Law Is Silent As At 2008
- The Motorcycle Taxi: Africa’s 21st Century Version Of The Horse
- Sex Ratios In Africa: Where Women Outnumber Men, And Vice Versa, And Why It Matters
- If Zimbabwe gets the politics right, there is every reason to be optimistic that this promising country will flourish at last.
- This spike in malaria cases has happened in all southern African countries, but the increase has been the greatest in Namibia and Swaziland.
How Climate Change Might Hit African Fisheries: Catches Could Fall By Record 60% In Parts Of The ContinentIn East Africa, ocean warming has already destroyed parts of the coral reef where certain species live, and reduced fish stocks. In parts of West Africa rising sea levels have resulted in the flooding of coastal zones.
- One hurdle standing in the way of greater use of indigenous seeds is their relative lack of availability.
Climate Change Apartheid: People In Poor Nations 5 Times More Likely To Be Displaced Than Those In Rich OnesThe data is worrying: since the 1970s, the amount of human displacement due to natural disasters has doubled.
- Child marriage and early childbearing remain common in Uganda despite laws against them. As many as three in ten Ugandan girls have their first child before their 18th birthday.
- During Mugabes ruled the European Union was created and Britain voted to exit it. America elected its first black president, and from Ghana Azonto fever took over the world.
In Case You Missed It, The Numbers On World Toilet Day – And The 280,000 Children That Die Every YearIn Sub-Saharan Africa about 90% of the urban population does not have access to a sewer system.
40 Million Nigerians In 11 States Are Caught In A Fight For Their Livelihoods That They Can’t Win AloneEvery year Nigeria loses between 350,000 and 400,000 hectares of forest cover, and over 10.5 billion naira to environmental challenges. Unofficial estimates put the annual losses in the billions of dollars.
Sub-Saharan African Economies Set New Record With 83 Key Business Reforms In Last Year, Lead World In SomeIn the ease of doing business global rankings, Mauritius is in 25thplace, followed by Rwanda (41), and Kenya (80) as the Sub-Saharan Africas top ranked economies.
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?