The African Union and the European Union Part II: Security.

The African Union and the European Union Part II: Security.

The African continent faces a number of visible challenges within the security sphere. From sizeable but straightforward battles against narcotics dealing and piracy, to issues of immense complexity based on identity and sectarian conflict. Yet, among the 54 states that comprise the African region there are three issues the loom…

Innovation in Africa: what next?

Innovation in Africa: what next?

Africa is heading into an age in which it could potentially “leapfrog into the digital revolution” setting up the continent for major future success and prosperity. The fact that the continent now has access to new and exciting technologies could enable young visionaries to spring into a time of digital…

The most powerful weapon in the malaria fight

It wasn’t long ago that an Africa without malaria seemed like an impossible dream. Today, that dream is becoming a reality, thanks to the most powerful weapon we have in the malaria fight: strong leadership. Malaria progress has been unprecedented in the past 15 years, and nowhere is the progress…

Hailemariam Dessalegn and Jakaya Kikwete

Hailemariam Dessalegn is the Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. Jakaya Kikwete is the former President of the United Republic of Tanzania.

Africa Transport and Logistics Sector: an untapped goldmine

The world economy may be passing through tough times with low investment yields. IMF predicted 2016 GDP growth rate at 3.6%, one of the lowest in recent years. The world’s economy may still be driven by instability, as markets come to terms with the global slowdown aggravated by lower economic…

Erukilede Julius

Erukilede Julius is a legal practitioner, entrepreneur and energy professional.

Lessons for Africa on midwifery from Indonesia

Increasing access to trained birth attendants is vital to address high maternal and infant mortality rates in developing countries, something Indonesia is working hard to provide. According to the World Health Organization (WHO): “Children in developing countries are ten times more likely to die before the age of five than…

Danai Majaha

Danai Majaha is a journalist and photographer based in Harare, Zimbabwe.

Low oil price: the threats and opportunities for Africa producers

From 2010 until mid-2014, world oil prices were fairly stable at around $110 per barrel. But over supply from oil producers coupled with weak demand from the Chinese and European economies drowned the world with cheap oil pushing the price further south to its lowest price ($30) since 2003 in…

Erukilede Julius

Erukilede Julius is a legal practitioner, entrepreneur and energy professional.

Was Davos a success for Africa?

On Thursday the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) released a statement on the launch of the New Deal on Energy at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The aim of the deal is to attain universal access to energy in Africa by 2025, in order to achieve this goal,…

Viber opens Public Chats in Africa

Viber, the free calling and messaging app announced that it as opened its latest social channel, Public Chats in Africa and the Middle East. The app has over 644 million unique users and public chats enables influential figures throughout the world to “reach local and regional audiences”, reported AFK Insider….

Outside of Africa

Africa’s Refugees in Europe face major eviction from refugee settlement camp the Jungle of Calais, France. “If I think about it, I will lose my mind” Khaled (real name withheld for security reasons) says, standing at the top of a sand hill, looking over the sea of blue, black, white…

Luisa Miranda Morel

Luisa is a postgraduate student from the Bartlett Development Planning Unit, University College London.

The hypocrisy of western opinion on Africa’s democratic deficit

The terminology  “new breed” of African leaders was in vogue in the 1990s. These new breed included; Yoweri Museveni of Uganda, Paul Kagame of Rwanda, Laurent Kabila of DRC, Meles Zenawi of Ethiopia and Isaias Afewerki of Eritrea. They were fairly well educated and had replaced career military men who…

Frank Kagabo

Frank Kagabo is a freelance journalist.

Human capital development in Africa: both simple and complex

More than ever, performance on measures of sustainability – nowadays encompassing everything from environmental impact mitigation to strengthening local supply chains and human capital development – is receiving real scrutiny in Africa. This is reflected in the high profile of COP21 in Africa (see the level of activity under #AfricaCOP21),…

Ghada Hammouda

Ms. Hammouda has more than 30 years of experience in strategic planning, business transformation and re-engineering, market development and advocacy, opportunity creation and conflict resolution.

Netflix in Africa

Netflix has expanded into 130 countries including the African continent, the company announced Wednesday. Previously the service was only available in 60 countries but it is now accessible in 190. The chief executive of Netflix, Reed Hastings, announced the expansion during the opening speech of the Consumer Electronics Show in…

Celebrating Africa’s innovators as the new year arrives

Between the 2nd and 11th December while world leaders and negotiators gathered at le Bouget for the climate conference, another important conference was going on in Paris. Planet workshops in partnership with a number of public and private organisations organised an African focus conference tagged “Land of African conference” at…

Erukilede Julius

Erukilede Julius is a legal practitioner, entrepreneur and energy professional.