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Securing land rights must be key in UN development talks

Insecure land rights are a key trait shared by the majority of the world’s poorest - and Africa is particularly impacted.

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Mozambique’s power shifts with new government

As the locus of power shifts from south to north in the country’s new government, new elites may scramble to control the nascent gas sector.

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Cheap oil: Who are the winners and losers in Africa?

The recent free fall in oil prices is creating winners and losers across the globe, and Africa is no exception.

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Shell’s Niger Delta settlement could bring more claims

Oil major Shell settled a spill claim with Nigeria’s Bodo community for a record $83.2m. Could more cases be in the offing?

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Gold price rout sparks fears for mining operations across Africa

Amid falling mineral prices, mining communities suffer and government budgets tighten as miners shutter operations.

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Thinking beyond the grid

Overfocus on large scale electrification projects exclude the rural poor, and could set access in Africa back for decades.  

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With ICC under fire, dropped charges against Kenyan president could fuel rivalries

Kenya’s president has hailed the International Criminal Court (ICC)’s decision to drop charges against him as a victory - but it could reopen divisions within the ruling coalition. 

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Disputed Somaliland’s oil laws heighten stakes in volatile region

The self-declared state of Somaliland has ambitious plans to regulate its nascent oil sector. However, it is a step that could heighten tensions throughout the Somali-speaking region.

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Bridging the microfinance gap for smallholder farmers

Research shows that growth in agriculture is 11 times more effective than other sectors at reducing poverty in Africa. So why isn’t microfinance reaching smallholders?

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Why Africa’s degraded soils will cost the continent dearly

Land degradation is costing Africa billions and holding back the agriculture sector. Donors and governments need to invest in land restoration.

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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