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Africa: Unlocking the Economic Potential of Biotechnology

Africa: Unlocking the Economic Potential of Biotechnology

By 2050 population growth is expected to translate into a 70 percent increase in global demand for food. Add the estimated 27 percent...
Malawi: En route for energy independence

Malawi: En route for energy independence

Malawi government, saddled with heavy debt has been handed a boost after France canceled off over a €10 million debt. Meanwhile, the U.S. government...
Haiti’s invincible progress a year after disaster

Haiti’s invincible progress a year after disaster

In the year since a powerful earthquake struck Haiti, an unprecedented international effort has mobilized to bring relief to the country while confronting obstacles...
Africa: Where are the jobs?

Africa: Where are the jobs?

Africa has the highest poverty rate in the world. Even though some countries are on track to meet the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of...
Namibia: Uranium enrichment in the offing

Namibia: Uranium enrichment in the offing

Namibia, which has pockets of uranium deposits, is crafting a nuclear policy to be completed mid-2011 with plans of setting up a nuclear electricity...
Africa’s MDG Quagmire: Moving beyond the goals

Africa’s MDG Quagmire: Moving beyond the goals

The Millennium Development Goals are likely to remain important for the long-term task of eradicating poverty beyond 2015. But development policy is being challenged...
Nigeria: Funds from China fuel China-Africa debate

Nigeria: Funds from China fuel China-Africa debate

Nigeria has embarked on improving its infrastructure by securing funds from China to finance rail and communication projects despite mixed reactions towards China’s growing...
Ghana: Mars Inc. awarded for promoting sustainable cocoa production

Ghana: Mars Inc. awarded for promoting sustainable cocoa production

Much of the world’s future craving for chocolate will be met by cocoa farmers in Ghana planting cacao trees today. Mars Incorporated — a...
Effective utilization of oil revenue, transparency and accountability

Effective utilization of oil revenue, transparency and accountability

I recently delivered two lectures on the Effective Utilization of Oil Revenue, Transparency and Accountability and Local Content issues at the annual conferences of...
African entrepreneurship and private equity gather international interest

African entrepreneurship and private equity gather international interest

“From that very modest beginning, he has had a series of steppingstones where one thing has led to another. Now Austin’s company has revenues...
U.S. Columbia Business School’s focus on Africa

U.S. Columbia Business School’s focus on Africa

Africa is coming onto the world business stage and, for that reason, it is ultimately up to the private sector and its most important...
What the World Bank should know about Ghana’s Success Stories

What the World Bank should know about Ghana’s Success Stories

Two decades ago, the rest of the world saw Africa as a hopeless continent. Today Ghana is one of Africa's success stories. Its...
As Africa telecoms grow Ethiopia, Somalia and Zimbabwe present great potential

As Africa telecoms grow Ethiopia, Somalia and Zimbabwe present great potential

A telecoms committee has been recently formed to urge African Countries to focus their attention to broadband deployment and telecom services to rural communities....
Ethiopia and Niger get $84 million agricultural assistance

Ethiopia and Niger get $84 million agricultural assistance

The development agenda set by the G20 leaders at their meeting in Seoul, South Korea, November 12, calls for members to help countries reduce...
SIM card registration: A chance to formalize an informal economy, digitally

SIM card registration: A chance to formalize an informal economy, digitally

A growing number of sub-Saharan African countries – South Africa, Tanzania, Kenya, Botswana, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, and more recently, Ghana – now require that...
Kevin Prince Boateng: The story of a genius in the making

Kevin Prince Boateng: The story of a genius in the making

If imitation is the measure of success then I am a genius, a paraphrased quote from Oscar Wilde credits mavericks and loners whose behaviour...
‘The rest of the world has to change its perception of Africa’

‘The rest of the world has to change its perception of Africa’

Cheick Sidi Diarra, from Mali, is the UN Special Adviser on Africa. His job description includes increasing international support for Africa’s development and security,...
Africa must feed itself

Africa must feed itself

Africa is rising. The 2010 Ibrahim Index of African Governance reveals some very good news: 40 out of 53 African countries have made significant...
A Snap shot of the World Bank and IMF Annual Meetings:  How to achieve a world without poverty!

A Snap shot of the World Bank and IMF Annual Meetings: How to achieve a world without poverty!

The World Bank and the IMF have not had many friends in the developing world since post-Structural Adjustments days, when their advice and interventions,...
Africa’s remarkable fight against poverty

Africa’s remarkable fight against poverty

Much of the recent reporting about Niger could lead readers to believe that beyond political turmoil and tragic famine, nothing else is worth the...
Sustainable environmental development in Africa gets international backing

Sustainable environmental development in Africa gets international backing

South African researchers are benefitting from a unique partnership between NASA and agencies in Africa and Europe that is sending more than 30 terabytes...
Ethiopia gets multi-million dollar funding for agriculture sector

Ethiopia gets multi-million dollar funding for agriculture sector

The Board of Directors of the World Bank has approved a 150 million dollar fund to Ethiopia. The fund aims to support and increase...
U.S. – Africa flights “tripled in size in three years”

U.S. – Africa flights “tripled in size in three years”

With air traffic between the United States and Africa growing at more than 5 percent annually, the United States air carrier Delta Air Lines...
Mo Ibrahim: “Africa is progressing”

Mo Ibrahim: “Africa is progressing”

The 2010 Ibrahim Index, released Monday, shows both progress and setbacks in the quality of governance in Africa between 2004-2005 and 2008-2009. While governance...
Ethiopian PM seeks to stop policy requirements from donor countries

Ethiopian PM seeks to stop policy requirements from donor countries

Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi has urged foreign donors to assist his government’s five year strategic plan without making any policy requirement demands for...
Why Good Governance Matters More in Africa Than Aid

Why Good Governance Matters More in Africa Than Aid

Heads of state from across the developing world arrived in New York last week for the annual United Nations meetings. Heading up the agenda...
Rwanda and Uganda promise to improve archaic prisons

Rwanda and Uganda promise to improve archaic prisons

In a bid to improve service delivery among the prisons services in the east African community, Rwanda and Uganda have embarked on a bi-lateral...
The bright spots of Millenium Development Goals in Africa

The bright spots of Millenium Development Goals in Africa

Various reports by the United Nations and other international organizations have shown that Africa is facing enormous challenges in achieving the world's anti-poverty Millennium...
Poor MDG progress could delay Clinton deal on nutrition by 200 years

Poor MDG progress could delay Clinton deal on nutrition by 200 years

As U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton yesterday announced an important initiative to tackle malnutrition in mothers and children, WaterAid warned that without action on sanitation,...
Ethiopia: Addis demolishings begin despite lack of compensation funds

Ethiopia: Addis demolishings begin despite lack of compensation funds

Over 4,500 houses located in different parts of the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa have been earmarked to be demolished this year under a...