STEM education and African development

Dr. Nkem Khumbah, University of Michigan

  The current discussion of Africa’s heralded economic growth and rise as a world power is leading to increased optimism and self-confidence on the continent. The discussion has revolved around the need to strengthen Africa’s human capabilities to sustain such growth and ensure that the growth is accompanied by significantly less poverty and greater shared … Continue reading “STEM education and African development”


The youth employment challenge in Africa

Charles Dan, Special Representative of the International Labour Organization (ILO) on Youth and Social Inclusion

  One of the most defining challenges of the 21st century will be to provide productive and decent jobs to more than 40 million additional people who enter the global labour market every year. For Africa, this is a race against time.   By 2035, the number of Africans joining the working age population will … Continue reading “The youth employment challenge in Africa”


Africa races towards enduring dream of a Great Green Wall

Monique Barbut, Executive Secretary, UNCCD

  John Lennon once said, ‘A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is a reality’. Never did these words ring more true than for Africa’s Great Green Wall, a collaborative initiative built on unity and the shared hope of a brighter future.   This dream of a Great … Continue reading “Africa races towards enduring dream of a Great Green Wall”


The extractives slowdown in Africa: A window of opportunity?

Jonathan Hobbs and Frederick Kwame Kumah, World Wildlife Fund (WWF)

  “For more than a decade, African economies have been riding the crest of a global commodity wave. Demand for energy resources and metals has been outstripping supply, pushing up prices to near-record levels in some cases. There is more to Africa’s growth performance than booming extractive industries and investment by foreign energy and mining … Continue reading “The extractives slowdown in Africa: A window of opportunity?”


Building Resilience Against Climate Change: African Risk Capacity

Mr. Mohamed Beavogui, Director General, African Risk Capacity

Climate changes poses a considerable threat to the African continent. Over the last four decades, sub-Saharan Africa has experienced more than 1,000 disasters. These events have inflicted significant economic damage and considerable loss of lives and livelihoods. Within this context, weather-related disasters have been a major concern, given the significant impact on the agricultural sector … Continue reading “Building Resilience Against Climate Change: African Risk Capacity”


With Commodities Crashing and Climates Changing, Time to go All-In on African Agriculture

Dr. Agnes Kalibata, President, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)

  If there was ever a time to make agriculture the centrepiece of Africa’s economic development agenda, then surely that time is now. Consider the major challenge which has emerged in sub-Saharan Africa this year. As the El Niño-related drought crippled food production in significant parts of eastern and southern Africa, the crash of commodity … Continue reading “With Commodities Crashing and Climates Changing, Time to go All-In on African Agriculture”


Africa-India Health Partnerships

Prof. T.C. James, Visiting Fellow at Research and Information System for Developing Countries

  The Third India-Africa Forum Summit, held in New Delhi in October 2015, announced ambitious programmes for development of cooperation between Africa and India. Health is a major sector for such a partnership. The Indian Prime Minister, in his final statement at the Summit, declared that “India’s expertise in healthcare and affordable medicines can offer … Continue reading “Africa-India Health Partnerships”


Building economies by closing immunization gaps

H.E. Jakaya Kikwete, Former President of Tanzania and Global Ambassador for Immunization

  Like many people my, age I carry a small childhood scar on my left shoulder, an indication that I was once vaccinated against smallpox. In the villages of Tanzania, such scars used to act as a form of branding, a sign of an otherwise invisible gap that existed between those of us fortunate enough … Continue reading “Building economies by closing immunization gaps”

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