CONNECTING THE DOTS
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?
- The economy is nothing else than a system of social relations. If productivity undermines those relations, the economy itself crumbles, even when profits (at least for someone) may go up.
- 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.
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
- 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
- Sex Ratios In Africa: Where Women Outnumber Men, And Vice Versa, And Why It Matters
- Africa’s GDP Projections 2017: Tears In South Africa And Nigeria, And Africa May Catch A Sniffle
- Whether a society chooses its marriage institutions to be polygynous, strictly monogamous, or tolerant of serial monogamy is rational and predicatable, and has much to do with the social and political economy of the day.
- There is over 60km of methane gas dissolved in the deep water of the lake; the supersaturated gas would release spontaneously if the deep water was displaced upward - just like a soda bottle pops when it is vigorously shaken
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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?