CONNECTING THE DOTS
Angola’s Ruling Rarty Retains Power, But Faces Legitimacy Test As It Also Lost Support Across The CountryVote tallying was a fiasco. The landslide by long-ruling MPLA was potentially a total fabrication.
- Trump is ceding decades of bi-partisan engagement, ignoring the strategic importance of Africas youth bulge, and throwing away its soft power which is being eagerly picked up by China.
- According to a new survey almost 50% of the Zimbabwe population has considered leaving the country.
- Although the big tent worked in the early days of independence when President Salva Kiir could buy off opponents, it is now failing, as the economy flat-lines.
- Today in Rwanda more than 90% of all children are fully vaccinated for 11 vaccines.
These Senegalese Women Are Fighting And Winning The Battle Against A Major But Unusual Climate Change Threat – SaltAlmost 60 anti-salt dykes have been built across four regions of Senegal, allowing some 7,000 hectares of once-toxic land to be farmed.
This Foreign Invader Has Robbed African Farmers Of $3 Billion, And There’s No Silver Bullet To Kill ItAs a moth, they are good flyers averaging about 100 kilometres a night. If left untreated, the armyworm can cause crop losses of up to 50%, munching its way through a hectare within 72 hours.
South Africa Sees Startling Rise In Poverty: In Last 5 Years 3 Million More People Have Fallen Through The CracksThe decline in living standards has occurred despite the extension of social grants to two million more recipients in the past five years.
- Nigeria is so rich in water resources that many of its 36 states are named after rivers, but only 19% of the population has access to safe drinking water.
Over 300 Million Rely On It: Why The 11 Nations That Depend On The Nile Need To Reach A River Deal SoonMore than 80% of the water reaching Egypt comes from the Blue Nile which originates in Ethiopia.
- The 2015 Thabo Mbeki report notes that up to US$50 billion is lost through illicit flows out of the continent every year.
- This Foreign Invader Has Robbed African Farmers Of $3 Billion, And There’s No Silver Bullet To Kill It
- Length Of Coastlines In Africa, By Country: Plus, How Climate Change May Spoil The View
- Sex Ratios In Africa: Where Women Outnumber Men, And Vice Versa, And Why It Matters
- African Countries Where Homosexuality Is Legal, Decriminalised Or Law Is Silent As At 2008
- Oldest African Football Clubs: Some Are More Than A Hundred Years Old
- Lusaka now boasts no less than seven major retail locations four within three miles of each other, and another three occupying the same road intersection.
How An African Passport Could Answer The ‘African Predicament’: That Of Independence Without FreedomVisa and immigration officials at the gates of major embassies seem to have great talent and insatiable penchant for choreographic, inane demonstrations of power.
Uncertainty Across The Red Sea: Qatar’s Conflict With Its Neighbours Sets The Horn Of Africa On EdgeQatar had been a generous donor to Eritrea. UAE and Saudi Arabia have been using the Eritrean port of Assab in their war against the Houthi rebels in Yemen. The recent upheavals appear to have fallen well for Ethiopia
Game Theory And China’s Ivory Ban: Scenarios That Could Save Africa’s Elephants – Or Lead To Their ExtinctionWe employed reasoning informed by game theory to figure out whether elephant poaching is likely to increase or decrease under each China policy scenario in the future
Campaign Financing In Africa, Plus Kenya’s Strange Equilibrium Of Laws That Are Written, Then Promptly TrashedWhy does Kenya have a plethora of election laws that it expertly drafts, and then enthusiastically ignores? And why do some other countries have hardly anything on paper, but their practice is far above and beyond?
- This is a replica of the 2013 polls where the two presidential candidates, Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga, were the dominant opponents.
- Africa loses far more through tax fraud, tax evasion and illicit financial flows than it receives in aid and foreign direct investment.
Going Back To Your Roots: Africa Must Re-Adopt Its ‘Orphan Crops’ In The Face Of A Changing EnvironmentMore than 95% of the global populations food needs relies on maize, rice and wheat, with global food security dependent on fewer than 30 plant species. Indigenous African crops can battle a range of stresses like drought
The ‘Blue Economy’: Africa’s Oceans And Their Vast Potential, Plus A Maritime Industry That Is Already Worth $1 TrillionCollectively, African coastal and island states encompass vast ocean territories of an estimated 13 million sq. km. Many are failing to ensure safe and secure conditions for those working and living off the oceans
- The range of research being undertaken is remarkable in view of the size of Africa's overall contribution: from galaxies to viruses; from agriculture to malaria; and from drought to oceanography.
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?