CONNECTING THE DOTS
Countries Must Compete For Migrant Workers To Boost Their Economies – The African Nations Getting It Rightn 2017, 74% of all immigrants were of working age. It makes sense that losing this vital demographic can damage a countrys economy and that gaining these workers can help grow anothers
Kenyatta-Raila Famous Handshake Will Only Bring Real Change To Kenya If Promises Are Followed By ActionFollowing the Kenya polls last August, opposition leader Odinga successfully petitioned Kenyattas re-election, but then boycotted a fresh election in October on the basis that it would simply be stolen once again
- The big question now is whether Abiy will pull Ethiopian troops from land around the frontier town of Badme, which an international commission in 2003 determined belonged to Eritrea.
- Mozambiques offshore natural gas discoveries in the Rovuma basin since 2009 have been nothing short of prolific. They are now valued at approximately 50 times the countrys gross domestic product.
It’s World’s Largest Such Deal In 23 Years: Africa’s Free Trade Area Could Have 1.7 Billion People Spending $6.7 Trillion By 2030Diverse African economies such as South Africa and Egypt, are likely to be the drivers of the free trade area, and are likely to benefit from it the most.
Two Million People In 5 African Countries To Be Protected In Largest Cholera Vaccine Drive In HistoryBetween 1997 and 2012, just 1.5 million doses of cholera vaccines were used worldwide. In 2017 almost 11 million were used, from Sierra Leone to Bangladesh. So far in 2018, over 15 million doses have been approved
- There are fears that intensified conflict in southern Libya could lead to a large scale displacement crisis in northern Niger
600 Million Africans Don’t Have Access To Electricity – Yet Most Of Them Live A Stone Throw From A Power Line!In Kenya about 70% of off-grid homes are located within 1.2km of a power line. Corruption among electricity service providers, power theft by customers and electricity cartels also further limit access
Africa’s Worst Crisis In 24 Years: Ahead Of Peace Talks, A Who’s Who In South Sudan’s Splintering Civil WarMore than 4 million people, one third of the population, have fled their homes since South Sudans brutal war began in December 2013
- In Africa Rwanda, Tanzania, South Sudan and the Central African Republic reported happiness levels below that of even war-torn Syria
- In December last year, bulldozers demolished homes and schools in 21 IDP settlements on the outskirts of Mogadishu, forcing more than 5,000 families to flee further from the city some to al-Shabaab-controlled areas
Elephant Poaching In Africa Has Dropped For 5 Straight Years, But Faces New Threats From Southern Asia2016 saw the highest level of seizures of illegally traded ivory by weight since 1989. These encouraging trends are primarily linked to developments in East Africa
Power To The People: Folks In African Cities Are Taking Charge Of Their Water Supplies – And It’s Working844 million people in the world many of them in sub-Saharan Africa still dont have access to improved and safely managed drinking water sources.
The Aid Sector’s Horrible Problem: Oxfam Sexual Exploiter In Haiti Had Been Caught 7 Years Earlier In Liberia"I remember thinking, oh, [unusual] there are some old unattractive white men NOT having sex with prostitutes - weird", said an aid worker
- Ramaphosa has been dealt a weak hand but he has proven to be an adept strategist.
Africa’s Insecurity Is Leading To A Growing Foreign Military Presence: Time To Ring The Alarm Bells?There are just too many foreign military actors on the continent busy executing their own agendas.
- Millions of dollars in aid are believed to have been lost.
- But by far the worst-affected countries have been Somalia and South Sudan. Zambia, lies in the middle of a range of countries caught in the surge of cases, from struggling Mozambique to relatively prosperous Kenya.
- Kabila postponed elections last year. They are now scheduled to take place at the end of 2018. Few Congolese believe that date will hold either.
- 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
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?