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West African business should turn to solar for their bottom line

West African business should turn to solar for their bottom line

Businesses in west Africa pay more for power than their counterparts in the rest of the continent and most parts of the world. Solar energy systems can provide an alternative.

Data towards development- civil registries in Sierra Leone

Data towards development: civil registries in Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone’s new National Civil Registration Authority will provide the infrastructure to foster economic growth and aid recovery from humanitarian disaster.

Contracting in Nigeria- open it to fix it

Contracting in Nigeria: open it to fix it

Public procurement corruption plagues many countries across Africa. Nigeria’s Budeshi open data platform provides a model for those looking for tools to fix this.

Mobile contributes $110bn to sub-Saharan economies

Mobile contributes $110bn to sub-Saharan economies

Sub-Saharan Africa is, and will continue to be, the fastest growing mobile market in the world.


African governments must prioritise research and innovation

African governments must prioritise research and innovation

Despite being home to 15 percent of the world’s population, Africa contributes just 2 percent of the world’s research output and accounts for only 1.3 percent of global R&D spending. This must change.

Social enterprise

Social enterprise: time for local leadership

The growing professionalisation of the social enterprise sector means that business models are still mostly driven by the West. This must change.

Conservation finance crowds into African agriculture

Conservation finance crowds into African agriculture

Conservation finance is at the heart of efforts to transform agriculture in Africa. While still small, private capital commitments are growing.

Tackling the crisis in the Lake Chad Basin

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.

A (criminal) court of public opinion teaser

A (criminal) court of public opinion

The withdrawals of Burundi, South Africa and others from the International Criminal Court (ICC) reflect the court’s shaky foundations and vulnerability to politics.

Solar panels Morocco

Climate consensus: Finding the funds

The historic Paris Agreement provides a roadmap to stave off the worst impacts of climate change. Now the global financial system needs to be brought into the fold.

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