CONNECTING THE DOTS
- 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.
- Despite similar historical developments in the coffee sector, Vietnam's agricultural production today is far more capital and input intensive than Uganda's, resulting in higher yields per hectare.
- Ex-militants preferred to remain enrolled in the amnesty programme and live off its monthly allowance, instead of looking for lower-paying jobs. Then a sharp fall in global oil prices meant that it became more difficult to fund
- The countries that have the lowest female participation in the workforce in Africa tend to be large and oil rich (and/ or majority Muslim), whereas nearly all women work in small, low-income, agricultural economies.
- Poverty in Africa is not only a function of income, it is also a function of time. Because African women do the bulk of domestic chores, men have the time to love sports; they have time to have hobbies and acquire addictions.
- 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.
Tanzania’s Civil Society Raises Alarm, But Magufuli’s Toe-Stepping Ways Are No Big Deal To Some In AfricaPublic support for freedom of association is far from universal in Africa; one-third (32%) of citizens say the government should be able to ban any organisation that goes against its policies.
- As New AU Chair Mahamat Takes Office: The African Union’s Financing Headache, In Two Charts
- African Countries Where Homosexuality Is Legal, Decriminalised Or Law Is Silent As At 2008
- Length Of Coastlines In Africa, By Country: Plus, How Climate Change May Spoil The View
- Why Uganda Needs A Caffeine Fix: Lessons From Vietnam’s Coffee Success
- Oldest African Football Clubs: Some Are More Than A Hundred Years Old
- The list of African countries that have blocked access to social media and the internet during elections and other politically sensitive periods is growing; there were at least 16 instances last year alone.
- In practice, China rarely competes with traditional donors. Funding is heavily concentrated in the productive sectors, mainly infrastructure, agriculture and mining.
- Seven of the world's top 10 most linguistically diverse countries in the world are African; indeed, African countries take up 29 of the 50 most diverse countries on the Language Diversity Index.
- Mugabe's longevity is remarkable, considering that he has two agemates in Africa who left office long ago: Daniel arap Moi of Kenya and Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia were both born in 1924, like Mugabe.
- A plethora of armed groups operates in and around the Virunga National Park. The dominant storyline is that the park contributes to peace building. But the reality on the ground is much more complex
You’ve Heard Of NGO Bans, But Even Forming A Village Association Is A Headache In Some African CountriesAlthough freedom of association is guaranteed in most African constitutions, in practice, it is often sharply limited particularly for political organisations, but also for small, local and community ones.
- In all other countries, presidents have either died in office, been deposed in a coup or revolution, lost at the ballot, or changed the constitution to extend their term in office.
Xenophobia Rears Its Ugly Head In S. Africa Again: Anti-Immigrant Sentiment ‘Deep And Wide’, Studies ShowThe country "exhibits levels of intolerance and hostility to outsiders unlike virtually anywhere else"; 3.8 million South Africans would be prepared to use violent means to rid their neighbourhoods of foreigners
‘Man Made’ Famine Declared In South Sudan: ‘Families Have Exhausted Every Means They Have To Survive’A formal famine declaration means people have already started dying of hunger; 4.9 million people - more than 40% of South Sudan's population - are in need of urgent food, agriculture and nutrition assistance.
- In the past quarter century, the number of childhood deaths globally have been cut by half, representing one of the most dramatic advances in human health in history.
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?