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Banks vs startups Who leads Africas fintech innovation teaser
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Banks vs startups: Who leads Africa’s fintech innovation?

Often slow to come up with new digital products, banks are eyeing Africa’s innovative fintech startups for answers. But can upstarts with an agenda to disrupt mesh well with incumbents?

New Gambia-EU ties focus on debt, migration
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New Gambia-EU ties focus on debt, migration

Following Yahya Jammeh’s dramatic ouster in December 2016, one of the new government’s first tasks is to restore relations with the EU and other donors.

African region boosts human development scores
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African region boosts human development scores

Forty-three African states witnessed an improvement in their Human Development Index scores through 2016, with only four experiencing a decrease on the previous year.

South Africa- Zuma unleashed
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South Africa: Zuma unleashed

President Jacob Zuma is gambling with his country’s future and economic viability for his own political survival. He may just get away with it, to South Africa’s detriment.

Off grid power key to bridging Africa’s energy gap
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Off grid power key to bridging Africa’s energy gap

Off grid solar and mini-grid power generation are going to be critical in meeting the energy needs of the 650 million Africans without access, new research shows.

Rwanda’s skills gap blocks knowledge economy vision
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Rwanda’s skills gap blocks knowledge economy vision

Rwanda’s government wants the country to transition from an agrarian society to a knowledge-based economy. First it must overcome a crippling skills gap.

Kenya turns hopes to mineral finds
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Kenyan hopes turn to mineral finds

Kenya’s much-touted oil finds are not proving as large as hoped, so the government has turned its attention to developing the mining sector to bolster revenues.

Nigerian agri-tech platform connects farmers to local investors
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Nigerian agri-tech platform connects farmers to local investors

Farmcrowdy is trying to fix smallholder farming in Nigeria by connecting farmers to investors directly

Can better policy curb irregular migration to Europe
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Can better policy curb irregular migration to Europe?

New research on Eritrean migrants suggests there are policies Western governments and donors can pursue to curb dangerous smuggling journeys to the West.

Capital Markets in East Africa- Developing the Buy Side
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Capital markets in east Africa: Developing the buy side

A well-functioning buy side reduces an economy’s reliance on foreign portfolio investors, increasing resilience to shocks and providing pools of capital for development-minded investment.

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