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Transforming Nigeria, one female science and tech professional at a time

Investing in science, tech and maths education for women tackles two problems at once: ensuring national competitiveness, and addressing high unemployment.

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Inflation compounds the costs of war in South Sudan

Engulfed in civil war, South Sudan faces dire consequences from conflict as inflation spikes and food security dwindles.

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Delivering development: Why better logistics is critical for Africa’s growth

In discussions around sustainable development and poverty reduction, too often a focus on headline targets neglects to address the mechanics of delivery.

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Isolation by airlines: Sierra Leone’s greatest challenge in Ebola recovery?

Isolation is the “greatest challenge” facing Sierra Leone’s economic recovery from the Ebola outbreak, according to the minister of finance.

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Counter terrorism concerns blocking aid, remittances to Somalia

After Garissa attacks, governments are refocusing on blocking terrorist financing from reaching Somalia - but they are also stopping aid and remittances.

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In Nigeria, university degrees can lead to poverty

Employers are increasingly demand academic qualifications as a proxy for skills. In Nigeria, this fuels the false dream that a bachelor’s degree is a stepping stone to a good job.

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Better Health Data: A Matter of Life and Death

The first step to better healthcare is better data, Michael Bloomberg and Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop argue.


Navigating the gray scale

Development is an ebb and flow process, full of progress and setbacks, the UNDP’s regional director argues.


Dispelling the ‘breadbasket’ myth about African agriculture

Africa’s agriculture revolution should focus on feeding domestic populations first.


A tale of two cities: managing the risks of rapid urbanisation

Africa and the rest of the world’s cities are becoming more populated, while natural disasters are becoming more frequent. Are we prepared for this?

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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