CONNECTING THE DOTS
- Being in an intimate partnership with a man who doesn't step up to his responsibilities is a leading factor that makes women's lives financially precarious. Women are often the 'last line of defence' for family survival
- Journeys from the Horn of Africa to Italy can cost as much as $10,000. In other words, the poorest of the poor cannot afford to migrate.
Well Meaning, But Flawed: Oxfam’s ‘Human Economy’ Approach To Inequality Is Recreating The Same Elitism It Is Trying To BreakInstitutions such as Oxfam should realise that following large corporates (whether in Davos or Durban) to persuade them to share their wealth hasn't worked in the past. It's unlikely to start working now.
Taking Over, One Craft Beer And Wood-Fired Pizza At A Time: Gentrifying Inner-City Johannesburg Pushes Out Poor ResidentsA city is considered 'global' if it has skyscrapers, cafes and malls that adhere to western notions of modernity and development. That doesn't have to be the case
Food Price Surge In Kenya Causing Grief, Here’s What It Tells Us About What’s Wrong With African CitiesKenya's current food price spike is just the latest in a longer, slower food price inflation that has been unfolding over the past few years, which has something to do with the broader structural problems of African cities
- The range of research being undertaken is remarkable in view of the size of Africas overall contribution: from galaxies to viruses; from agriculture to malaria; and from drought to oceanography.
Investigating The ‘Suicide Crisis’ In Mozambique – Plus Why More Women Attempt Suicide, But More Men SucceedWomen tended to use less lethal methods such as poisoning, whereas men appear to attempt less often but use more lethal methods such as hanging
Think Africans Don’t Love Wildlife? You’d Be Wrong – Poorer Countries Do More To Conserve Large MammalsAlthough challenged by poverty and instability in many parts of the continent, Africa prioritises and makes more of an effort for large mammal conservation than any other region in the world
- Energy start-ups in Africa are all the rage today. But the few success stories shouldnt overshadow the fact that being an energy entrepreneur is a lot tougher than it seems - and providing energy is actually the state's job
- 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.
- Length Of Coastlines In Africa, By Country: Plus, How Climate Change May Spoil The View
- Love, African Women, And Financial Security: Why ‘No Romance Without Finance’ Is Real Talk
- 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
- Africa’s GDP Projections 2017: Tears In South Africa And Nigeria, And Africa May Catch A Sniffle
New Report Describes How African Migrants Cross The Sahara In Hopes Of Reaching Europe, But This Year Could Be DifferentThe moment migrants arrive at Agadez bus station in Niger, they become part of a vibrant smuggling economy. The whole journey to Europe could cost $3000-$5000
Raila Odinga Named Main Opposition Candidate In Kenya’s August Poll: Lessons From His ‘Kindred Spirits’ In AfricaExperiences of opposition candidates, including Senegal's Wade, Nigeria's Buhari, Ghana's Akufo-Addo, Zimbabwe's Tsvangirai and Uganda's Besigye, have been mixed
- While there is an increasing and diverse opposition to President Salva Kiir, these groups lack a shared agenda and common approach. There is no group that promises a unified future for South Sudan.
- 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.
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
- 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
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?