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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.

 Battling Spreading Ebola Epidemic.

Getting a grip on the Ebola Crisis

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

man counts money.

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.

A mother sits with her infant.

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.

 Leaders of the BRICS.

BRICS bank to focus on infrastructure gap

The new BRICS development bank will look to fund infrastructure projects across the developing world - and to provide a counterweight to western development institutions.

farming technician.

Closing Africa’s agricultural yield gap

 Increasing agricultural productivity across Africa requires investing in both the technology and the services needed to reach smallholder farmers.


Bitcoin in Africa: Leapfrogging the currency market?

Bitcoin, a kind of alternative digital currency that enables instant, anonymous money transfers using peer-to-peer technology, has stirred up interest in leading financial markets such as the United States and China.

Pupils from different grades.

Girls’ education in Africa: The private sphere and the private sector

When you add it all up, girls’ education offers a return on investment that compounds over time.

Singapore Marina Bay.

Masters of the city

As Africa urbanises, Singapore’s master planners are at the forefront of reimagining many of the continent’s growing metropolises.

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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