China pledges $60 billion for development in Africa

China’s president, Xi Jinping arrived in South Africa for the China-Africa Cooperation Summit (FOCAC). The Summit is set to be a memorable event aimed at furthering cooperation a union between China and Africa. Over the past 15 years trade between China and Africa has skyrocketed from $10 billion to $220…

How tech is changing international development

Technology is not often the first thing that comes to mind when we think of international development. Usually we are more focused on overarching ideas like clean drinking water or halting a disease that was eradicated in the developed world decades ago. But in reality, some of the very same…

Andy Prinsen and Alexis Barnes

Andy Prinsen is a writer and multimedia producer based in Denver, Colorado. He has a Masters degree in public affairs and bachelors in journalism. @andyalacarte. Alexis Barnes is a multimedia journalist currently working in development in Zambia. @AlexisKReports.

Africa Rising: reviewing the narrative

The Greek philosopher Aristotle wrote over 2,300 years ago in his book on natural history that “there is always something new coming out of Africa”. In May 2000, the Economist ran a cover story ”Hopeless Africa” where it detailed the gory state of Africa; Africa deluged by floods, ravaged by…

Erukilede Julius

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

President Paul Kagame and Rwanda: A beacon of hope or a pack of mirage?

In Rwanda, the world witnessed one of the greatest man-made disasters in our modern history. Approximately 800,000 Rwandans lost their lives in the 1994 genocide leaving the country and the international community in disarray. But twenty years after, the narrative of Rwanda has changed. From a war torn country, it…

Erukilede Julius

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

African Development Bank Group announces energy initiative

The African Development Bank Group (AfDB), yesterday, announced an initiative aimed at solving the African energy deficit by 2025. The announcement of the “New Deal for Energy in Africa” was made at a High Level Stakeholder Consultative Meeting in Abidjan. AfDB Presidnet, Akinwumi Adesina, said “a lot of financing will…

Is English the working language of Africa?

English is largely taking hold in Africa. While British colonizers were only a single player in Europe’s scramble for the continent in the 1880s, English is on its way to become one of the major, if not the major, languages spoken in the region. The vestiges of other European languages…