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Challenges ahead for North African solar export

As North Africa’s solar investments begin to pay off, building an export industry connected to Europe faces obstacles from lack of regional integration.

Strongman politics
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Mixed blessings for investors in end of strongman politics

Social change is never without turbulence, and investors may find the going more difficult without the short-term stability a strongman can provide.

Ethiopian farming
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Ethiopia: Agriculture investment curbs inequality rises

Ethiopia’s rapid growth is serving as a counterpoint to the trope that high inequality is a necessary offshoot of rapid economic growth.

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Africa’s farmers at a climate crossroads

Failure to close the financing gap for climate mitigation and adaptation could roll back gains in poverty reduction for Africa’s farmers. This is avoidable.

Bringing the diaspora back
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Bringing the diaspora back to public service

For Africa’s economies to flourish, best and brightest must go to government. A Cameroonian activist, Kah Wallah, is leading by example.

Getting remittances right
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Getting remittances right for Africa’s unbanked

Remittances to Africa are a growing source of capital. Why are banks closing the accounts of money transfer companies, foreign embassies, Muslim charities and NGOs?

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South Africa still leads on foreign investment

As oil dependent nations continue to struggle with low prices, South Africa remains the region’s top destination for foreign investment.

Ghana budget
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Ghana’s two speed budget

Ghana’s fiscal crisis shows that the benefits of enacting rules for oil revenues are lost if the broader budget is not managed with the same aims.

Habre trial
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Habre on trial: Justice interrupted?

The trial of Chad’s former ruler in Senegal is the first time a universal jurisdiction case is proceeding in Africa - but the process has been marred by delays.

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Health is worth the investment – for government and business

Health is just one goal among the proposed 17 Sustainable Development Goals, but it is the golden thread that underpins all other aims.

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