The State of DRC’s Roads Back in the Spotlight

At least 24 people, mostly children, died and 31 others were injured in a train derailment in Kasai province in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Sunday. A railway spokesperson says that dozens of stowaways were riding on the freight train when it derailed. Several freight cars went off the tracks while many more fell […]

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The Man who Captures the Colours, Faces and Spirit of Ghana

Prince Gyasi takes photos around Accra, the capital of Ghana, using only an iPhone. He captures scenes of city life and uses colours for impact. The photographer wants to use his work to inspire young people and encourage others to start shooting pictures. The photographer’s body of work conveys arresting and colorful compositions, often featuring […]

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Lessons other African Airlines Can Learn from Ethiopian Airlines

Despite the recent tragedy, Ethiopian Airlines (EA) is an example of what other airlines such as South African Airways (SAA) should strive for. The airline, like its South African counterpart, is a fully government-owned and operated company, but it is run by professionals with aviation experience. African aviation is expected to grow at 5.4 % […]

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Africa’s Largest Mobile Network to Benefit from Jumia NYSE Listing

Jumia, Africa’s largest e-commerce platform, has filed for approval from the US Securities and Exchange Commission to do an initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange. The public offering will give one of its largest shareholders, MTN, the opportunity to sell about $600 million in shares towards clearing its debt. The venture became […]

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Can Africa Satisfy its Bulging Appetite for Meat?

The continent’s population is projected to more than double by the middle of the century to 2.5bn and GDP per capita on the continent is expected to continue rising, meat consumption will become affordable to millions of Africans for the first time. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) estimates that the consumption of […]

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A First of its Kind List by Forbes Woman Africa

The New Wealth Creators is a collection of female entrepreneurs on the African continent running businesses and social enterprises that are new, offbeat and radical. These 20 women have been selected because they have created significant impact in their respective sectors by transforming a market or company, or innovating a product or service, and are […]

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Lawmakers Question Kenya’s Infrastructure Deals

Kenyan MPs have asked how a 10km wire fence built along the country’s border with Somalia cost $35 million. The government had originally promised to build a complex wall to run about 700km along the border. But the “wall”, which was meant to stop al-Shabaab militants from crossing into Kenya, has ended up being a […]

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Solving the Primary Barriers to Development in Sub-Saharan Africa

An estimated 600 million people in the region live without reliable power and all that goes with it. A growing number of electrical entrepreneurs are stepping into the breach. Companies such as M-Kopa and BBOXX offer contained solar power systems to off-grid communities, and US company Zola Electric — formerly Off Grid Electric — supplies […]

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Was DRC’s New Administration Bought?

Whistle blowers say parliamentarians are offering their votes to prospective senators in the Democratic Republic of Congo for as much as $50,000 apiece. The allegations raise the prospect of further discord in the world’s biggest cobalt producer two months after a disputed vote installed former opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi as president. Runner-up Martin Fayulu said […]

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The Hidden Economic Costs of Displacement

While the impacts of displacement on wellbeing are well-known, one group has pointed to the equally burdensome economic costs for those displaced as well as host communities. In a new report, the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) examines the financial costs of internal displacement across major crises around the world, raising awareness of the importance […]

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