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Cameroon internet
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Tech and politics collide in Cameroon’s internet blackout

Cameroon’s government shutdown the internet to stymie protests. It seems to have backfired, sparking further activism and galvanising international attention.

Tackling the crisis in the Lake Chad Basin
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Tackling the crisis in the Lake Chad Basin

Security is just one dimension of the Boko Haram crisis. Mitigating the damage - including famine - caused by the seven year insurgency requires a long-term, holistic approach.

China steps up media charm offensive across Africa
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China steps up media charm offensive across Africa

Improving soft power through the media is a focus for Beijing. In Africa, China’s media presence is growing in line with deepening economic and political ties.

Bitter Sugar- Cash crop harms smallholders
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Bitter sugar: Cash crop harms smallholders

With more money in their pockets, Africa’s growing middle class is developing a taste for sweets, driving up demand for sugar. In theory, this should be good news for farmers. It is not.

Senegal’s energy finds- One year on
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Senegal’s energy finds: One year on

Energy windfalls have not always benefitted populations in Africa. As Senegal edges towards commercial exports, early signs are fueling hopes it can chart a better course.

Investment in Africa’s tech startups on the rise
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Investment in Africa’s tech start-ups on the rise

Tech start-ups across Africa raised $129m in investor funding in 2016. Fintech led the way.

Climate funds should target smallholder farmers
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Climate funds should target smallholder farmers

The world needs bold new ideas to fight climate change. The Green Climate Fund’s $10bn initiative could make a big difference.

Africa’s dinosaur dictators- Heading for extinction in 2017?
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Africa’s dinosaur dictators: Heading for extinction in 2017?

Economic crisis is sparking demand for change in oil-producing countries in central Africa. New governments are likely to review oil and gas contracts, while companies will face heightened security risks.

The women leading Africa’s open data drive
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The women leading Africa’s open data drive

Open data is changing the way we track transparency and deliver services, but women’s digital access in developing countries remains highly unequal. Here are some of the women leading the way across Africa.

A rising Fed and Africa- Trends to watch
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A rising Fed and Africa: Trends to watch

In mid-December, the US Federal Reserve raised interest rates for just the second time in over a decade, with additional hikes likely through 2017. Expect ripple effects through bonds, equities and trade for Africa.

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