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Thinking beyond the grid

Overfocus on large scale electrification projects exclude the rural poor, and could set access in Africa back for decades.  

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Bridging the microfinance gap for smallholder farmers

Research shows that growth in agriculture is 11 times more effective than other sectors at reducing poverty in Africa. So why isn’t microfinance reaching smallholders?

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Mobile money fails the test for emergency relief in DRC

A new study shows that mobile money is not the best option for delivering cash for emergency relief, outperformed by e-vouchers.

Made In Africa?

Ethiopia aims to become a global manufacturing hub. Could the country’s successes be a model for the next phase of Africa’s economic evolution?

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Top performing African governments backslide on governance

Some of the best performing governments in the African region have backslid on governance, according to findings from the Mo Ibrahim Foundation.


South Africa avoids recession, but loses momentum

Africa’s second-largest economy has rallied just enough to avoid recession following the end of mining strikes, but outlook remains tepid and politically fractious.

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Getting a grip on the Ebola Crisis

The urgent priority is to break the cycle of transmission of this deadly disease.

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Business flounders amid Zimbabwe’s liquidity crunch

Zimbabwe is struggling to balance its books - and keep businesses from fleeing - as the consequences of farm nationalisation and expropriation policies come full circle


World Bank Group to invest in African energy

The US-Africa summit resulted in pledges to invest in the continent’s power infrastructure - but implementation remains the challenge.

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Post-2015 development goals must maintain focus on health

As post-2015 development goals are formulated, partnerships between the private sector and nonprofits leverage both sectors’ strengths towards targeting health.

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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