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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.

Africa’s tech movement gets political

Africa’s tech movement gets political

Africa’s tech scene and improving ICT infrastructure are connecting citizens and producing a new IT business constituency. These forces are altering the political landscape.

Rwanda gains

Rwanda leads on child, maternal mortality gains

As the legacy of the Millennium Development Goals framework is debated, health outcome targets show steady improvement across Africa between 1990 and 2013.

Knowledge isn't power

Africa’s knowledge economy dreams still distant

Many African governments are betting they can compete with the world’s knowledge economies. So far it is not taking off.

Ethiopian farming

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.

The Tripartite Free Trade Area

Free trade zone tops regional agenda

The Tripartite Free Trade Area in Africa will be the largest in the world once implemented - but some countries stand to benefit more than others.

Conway small

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.

South Africa: Gold miners class action heads to high court

Miners with debilitating lung disease silicosis are looking to bring a class action lawsuit against gold mining companies on an unprecedented scale for South Africa.

Nail in coffin of Egyptian tourism

Another nail in the coffin of Egypt tourism

Egypt's ministry of tourism is in crisis after the Egyptian army mistakenly killed 12 in a tour group. The attack will not help the ailing sector.

South African miners

South African miners could lose HIV treatment in job cuts

As commodity prices tumble, South African miners with HIV stand to lose access to treatment should they be made redundant in recently announced job cuts.

Global Goals will fail without climate pact

Professor Sir Gordon Conway talks to This Is Africa about why a binding climate agreement at COP21 in December will be essential to fulfilling the new UN-led Sustainable Development Goals.

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