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Health is worth the investment – for government and business

Health is just one goal among the proposed 17 Sustainable Development Goals, but it is the golden thread that underpins all other aims.

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Transparent offshore finance can support Africa’s development

Jurisdictions with transparency and strong legal frameworks are precisely those which can best ensure that capital flows most efficiently to where it is needed.

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Burkina Faso leads on poverty, education development goals

Eight of the top 10 countries who made the greatest progress towards extreme poverty eradication and primary education goals are in Africa - but from a low baseline.

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Offshore interests not aligned with Africa's development agenda

Offshore financial centres can help curb illicit flows by exchanging tax information and providing transparent beneficial ownership information.

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Offshore finance centres are catalysts for capital flow, not flight

Jersey and other offshore banking centres do not facilitate capital flight out of Africa - they offer certainty for investors in risky places.

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African textile sector welcomes US trade agreement extension

The renewal of Agoa, a major US trade programme, raises hopes for the expansion of textile and apparel manufacturing in Africa

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Uganda pushes towards first oil despite low price environment

Despite moves by major energy companies to cut more than $100bn in spending on new projects worldwide, Uganda pushes ahead on licensing with the goal of producing first oil by 2018.

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Shea butter booms in northern Ghana

The market for shea butter has doubled in the past 10 years, with demand sending prices soaring. But are the rural women who produce it the ones benefiting?

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Africa’s schools targeted in China tech export move

China is making bold pledges to use tech to improve education in Africa. The question is: what is in it for them?

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Despite crackdowns, First Rand Bank investment arm bullish on Egypt

Positive outlook on Egypt’s prospects highlights the divergence between the perceptions of the investment community, and increasingly authoritarian rule.

Consolidating Africa's banks

Arnold Ekpe talks to This is Africa about the logic of consolidating banks in many of the region's markets.

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