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Smartphone boom on the horizon for sub-Saharan Africa

Fifty percent of sub-Saharan Africa’s population will be mobile phone users by 2020, and higher tech smartphones will play a big role in this next chapter of the continent’s mobile story.

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In Zambia, death of president ratchets up fears for mining sector

The political transition following the passing of Zambia’s president seems likely to be relatively smooth, but new leadership may be tempted to lean on miners for revenue.

Burkina Faso's Lieutenant-Colonel Isaac Zida (L) shakes hands with Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan
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Burkina Faso agrees to transitional government after president’s ouster

With the military in power and a transition framework on the table, it remains unclear who will step in to lead the west African country.

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Ebola response cannot be gender blind

Women stand to be disproportionately affected by the Ebola oubreak in West Africa. Gender needs to be a bigger part of the response.

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Mo Ibrahim: Moment is right for a new vision of a politically unified Africa

The business tycoon turned governance activist believes the time has come to re-invigorate the idea of creating political pan-African unity - but does the leadership exist to make it happen?

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US shale oil revolution shakes up African markets

Oil sales from Africa to the US are falling, with Nigerian exports taking the biggest hit.

Ebola: predictions, planning and panic
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Ebola: predictions, planning and panic

The truth is we don’t know how many people will get Ebola..The old saying is true: prepare for the worst, hope for the best.

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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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Perception risks from Ebola may hurt Africa’s economies

Could alarmist narratives about the Ebola epidemic damaging the region’s economies more than the disease itself?

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Mobile money: The next generation

The concept of mobile savings accounts is starting to pick up momentum across Africa. If it continues, it could make life a lot easier for borrowers too.

Graça Machel on women's empowerment in Africa

Graça Machel talks to This Is Africa about her work empowering women across Africa and globally on the side of the 2015 Skoll World Forum.

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