Tackling the next epidemic in Africa & lessons learned from the West African Ebola outbreak

Heather Pagano, Humanitarian Advisor, Médecins Sans Frontières

  The size and scale of the 2014-16 West African Ebola epidemic sent shockwaves throughout the world. In late summer 2014, television screens beamed disturbing images of people dying in the streets and desperate health workers pleading for more help. Yet the outbreak had been discovered six months before with little to no media attention … Continue reading “Tackling the next epidemic in Africa & lessons learned from the West African Ebola outbreak”


Beyond the grid in Africa

Andrew Herscowitz and Katrina PielliUSAID/Power Africa

On June 30, 2013, in Cape Town, South Africa, US President Barack Obama announced Power Africa ‒ an initiative to bring together technical and legal experts, the private sector and governments from around the world to work in partnership to increase the number of people with access to power in sub-Saharan Africa.   Rooted in … Continue reading “Beyond the grid in Africa”


Challenges of human resource management in the African public service

Dr. Roland MsiskaSecretary to the Cabinet and Head of Public Service in Zambia

The scope of the public service in Africa has changed since the countries gained independence in terms of size and complexity of services provided. Public services are now provided to populations which are much larger, more demanding and increasingly more informed about their rights and obligations. Human resources management in the public service today has … Continue reading “Challenges of human resource management in the African public service”


How African countries can break the cycle of debt dependency

Trevor Hambayi, University of Bolton

Key to the implementation of the ambitious 17-point Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is the question of how the estimated cost of between U$614 billion and $638 billion that will be required annually will be financed. The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development has produced a report assessing the relationship between Africa’s capacity to finance … Continue reading “How African countries can break the cycle of debt dependency”


Making transport sustainable in Africa

Roger Gorham, Transport Economist, The World Bank

Sustainable transport as a concept is broadly accepted as a desirable, if elusive, objective in many world regions, but in Africa, it is only just beginning to attract the serious attention of policy makers.   Until recently, a policy objective of “sustainable transport” would have been seen as having little relevance to Africa’s nearly one … Continue reading “Making transport sustainable in Africa”


Empowering countries through the data revolution

Dr. Ariel Pablos-Mendez, Assistant Director for Global Health, USAID

When the United States and the international community mounted a response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, we saw a dramatic reduction in new cases. Liberia and Sierra Leone are close to zero, and cases continue to drop in Guinea. The response was an unprecedented success, but we also underscored just how important it … Continue reading “Empowering countries through the data revolution”


Addressing the capacity gap to improve Africa’s investment climate

William Asiko, CEO, Investment Climate Facility for Africa (ICF)

Africa has a wealth of natural resources and investment potential that it can harness to boost economic growth and transform the lives of its people. From oil and gas resources to mineral deposits to arable land, the opportunities are endless. Today, both domestic and foreign investors are taking advantage of these opportunities and driving economic … Continue reading “Addressing the capacity gap to improve Africa’s investment climate”


Applying the ‘Strategic Econsystem’: Trade Promotion and Economic Development in Africa

Andreas Klasen, Professor of International Business, Offenburg University

Exceeding the global average in past years with an expectation to further accelerate, Africa is experiencing unprecedented economic growth. Foreign trade contributes considerably to the sustainable development of the continent’s economies. The opening up of trade in a multilateral trading system has provided one of the major pillars for growth enjoyed by many developed and … Continue reading “Applying the ‘Strategic Econsystem’: Trade Promotion and Economic Development in Africa”

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