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How Africa can close its continent-wide science funding gap

Kevin Marsh, Professor of Tropical Medicine, University of Oxford

The idea that Africa’s development depends critically on science, technology and innovation is embodied in the African Union’s Agenda 2063. This document emphasises economies that are led by innovation and driven by knowledge. But the continent has some serious work to do if it’s to create such economies. It starts at a disadvantage: Africa is … Continue reading “How Africa can close its continent-wide science funding gap”


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Sending the Hoe to the Museum: Promoting Sustainable Agricultural Mechanization in Africa

Dr. Patrick Kormawa, Sub-Regional Coordinator for the UN Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO)

  The 25th African Union Heads of State and Government Summit in South Africa last June had the theme: “2015 Year of Women Economic Empowerment and Development towards Africa’s Agenda 2063”. As a result, several women-affiliated organizations attended side events organized at the margins of the summit. As participants in those pre-conference meetings, particularly Gender … Continue reading “Sending the Hoe to the Museum: Promoting Sustainable Agricultural Mechanization in Africa”


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ID for Development: Opportunities and Challenges for Africa.

Alan Gelb and Anna Diofasi, Center for Global Development

  An official identity is essential for any person to participate in a modern economy and to access basic rights and services. It empowers people to vote, register assets, own bank accounts and travel. Adequate ID systems also help governments to engage with their citizens in a streamlined and efficient manner. National ID (NID) systems … Continue reading “ID for Development: Opportunities and Challenges for Africa.”


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Building an Automotive Industry in Africa

Alec Erwin

The automotive manufacturing industry is a key component of modern manufacturing in an economy. However, it is not located in all economies and is not often associated with African economies – something that is about to change.     Automotive production does and has taken place in Africa. The industry is nearly 100 years old … Continue reading “Building an Automotive Industry in Africa”


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ECOWAS policy for gender mainstreaming in energy access

Mahama Kappiah, Executive Director of the ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE)

  On June 5, 2015, the 15 countries of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), represented by the energy ministries, adopted the first-ever regional policy on gender-responsive energy development.   Described as ‘revolutionary’ by the ECOWAS Commissioner for Energy, Dr. Morlaye Bangura, the goal of the ECOWAS Policy for Gender Mainstreaming in Energy … Continue reading “ECOWAS policy for gender mainstreaming in energy access”


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Promoting gender equality in and through education: a public policy priority

Dr. Caroline Manion, Adjunct professor at OISE, University of Toronto

Access to and completion of a quality basic education is widely accepted as a fundamental human right and a key way for citizens to gain valued knowledge, including learning the skills and attitudes necessary to lead an active, engaged and productive life. Over the past 25+ years, the global community has sought to prioritize educational … Continue reading “Promoting gender equality in and through education: a public policy priority”


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Effective public resources management: Paving the way to sustainable economic growth and development

Neil Cole, Executive Secretary, Collaborative Africa Budget Reform Initiative (CABRI)

The management of the budget, from preparation through to financial and performance reporting, is an important objective of public financial management (PFM). PFM refers to the procedures, established by law or regulation, for the management of public monies through the budget process, which includes formulation, execution, reporting and analysis. Good public financial governance is achieved … Continue reading “Effective public resources management: Paving the way to sustainable economic growth and development”


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Connecting the next billion: benefits, challenges and policies of expanding affordable internet access in Africa

The Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI)

In many countries around the world, it is easy to take internet access for granted. There are an estimated 3.2 billion people online today1, using the web to improve their daily lives by accessing news and health information, using e-government services, and connecting with global markets. Yet over 60% of the world’s population remains offline, … Continue reading “Connecting the next billion: benefits, challenges and policies of expanding affordable internet access in Africa”


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