CONNECTING THE DOTS
- 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
- Market dominance of large supermarket chains means that small suppliers incur large costs (at least 10-15% of the retail price) even before a single unit of their product is sold off the shelves
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.
- Angola, Liberia, DR Congo, Rwanda and Kenya will all have presidential elections this year, more than a dozen more countries will hold parliamentary, municipal or local polls
- Madagascar - an island - has the longest coastline of any country in Africa. On the mainland, the beach view is longest in Somalia, South Africa, Mozambique and Egypt.
- Armyworms are a dreaded pest in Africa; their name comes from the way they can march upon the land and devour everything in sight. They are known to destroy up to 90% of crops in the field.
- Oldest African Football Clubs: Some Are More Than A Hundred Years Old
- Mugabe In The League Of Extraordinary Old Gentlemen: Will He Equal Malawi’s Kamuzu Banda?
- Language Diversity In Africa: Where Hills And Forests Shaped Our Tongues
- 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
- The number of outpatient visits in December 2016 was about half of the average in the previous 6 months, and inpatient visits are down to less than a third of the usual
- Liberia and Sierra Leone do not have any explicit national laws banning FGM/C, yet managed to record some of the biggest declines in prevalence among the countries that practice it.
- By virtue of the fact that the position was an international one that might require the holder to be at odds with the domestic politics of ones home country, several former secretaries-general met a depressing end.
- It takes the average Tanzanian eight years to consume as much electricity as an American uses in one month; a kettle boiled twice a day by a family in Britain uses five times as much electricity as a Malian uses in a year
- A country's sex ratio (the ratio of men to women in the population) tell us something about its history, social fabric and economic make-up, if the top five countries on either side of the split in Africa are anything to do by.
Kenya’s Amina Complains of ‘Tribalism’ At The AU, But Francophone ‘Dominance’ Goes Down To Africa’s BordersOf the 12 former chairs of the AU commission (and its predecessor, the OAU), seven have been from Francophone countries. And when examined on a regional basis, six have been from West Africa.
- Cape Verde and Sao Tome and Principe are the most improved African countries on the Corruption Perceptions index, but several others, including South Africa, Nigeria, Tanzania and Kenya failed to improve their scores
- Rivers and lakes make up many of Africa's borders, which were drawn up by colonial powers in the late 19th century. Now, climate change is complicating matters, as rivers change course, and lakes recede - or surge.
- The most expensive path of sending money was from South Africa to Zambia, Malawi, Botswana and Mozambique. The high charges are a result of anti-money laundering regulations, but also excessive market concentration of banks
- In Namibia and South Africa, the richest 10% are responsible for more than half (50%+) of total consumption in the economy - a huge gap by any standards. It's a legacy of how capitalism was introduced into the region
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?