Finding New Leaders to Boost Africa’s Sustainable Development

Finding New Leaders to Boost Africa’s Sustainable Development

“We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right”. Never in Africa have these words uttered by Nelson Mandela, an African icon, rung as true as they do presently. We are two years into the implementation of the sustainable development goals (SDG)…

Dr. Richard Munang is currently the United Nations Environment Africa Regional Climate Change Programme Coordinator.

IMF leaves Mozambique with unanswered questions on debt scandal

Amid Mozambique’s ongoing debt scandal, a team from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has completed its visit to discuss the results of last month’s troubling audit report and the country’s overall economic outlook. The team, led by Michel Lazare, noted some improvements in the Mozambique economy since last year. “However,…

Breaking Down Monopolies: Key to Africa’s Economic Success

A new report from the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change in London should send shivers down the collective spine of the development community: On its current trajectory, sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) will face a projected shortfall of 50 million jobs by 2040. The paper argues – as have others –…

Arnaud Gallet

Arnaud is a French freelance writer with an African heart who has lived in 10 different Sub-Saharan countries in the past decade. He is currently based in Paris.

Merkel makes G20 ‘Compact for Africa’ case in Berlin

German Chancellor Angela Merkel pressed her case for investment in Africa on Monday as part of the G20’s Compact for Africa initiative, the focus of two-day meetings in Berlin. Merkel, whose nation holds the current G20 presidency, welcomed African leaders from Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana and Tunisia, the three nations that…

Somalia: World Bank approves USD$50 million for drought emergency

The World Bank has approved USD$50 million in grant funding to assist with the drought and famine response, and provide humanitarian aid to Somalia. The Somalia Emergency Drought Response and Recovery Project (SEDRP) will be coordinated through the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the United Nations Food…

Focus on Africa in Guterres’ remarks to G7 leadership

United Nations Secretary General António Guterres, speaking at a session on Africa and the G7 during the weekend summit in Italy, emphasized six strategies for advancing growth across the continent while reducing the risks that unemployment and economic frustration create for peace and security. Guterres noted the challenges facing fragile…

U.S. budget proposal cuts climate funding, international aid

American officials on Tuesday released a much-awaited $37.6 billion combined budget request for the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), one that cuts more than $17 billion from the “leaner” government’s diplomatic and foreign aid programs. “This budget request supports the President’s ‘America First’ vision…

Modi to open AfDB annual meeting in India

Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India will participate Tuesday alongside Akinwumi Adesina, president of the African Development Bank (AfDB), at the bank’s annual meeting in Ahmedabad in India’s western Gujarat state. The meeting, which runs through Friday, will focus on India’s partnership with African nations in key development areas, with…