Amazon cloud outage shuts down access to popular websites

Amazon cloud outage shuts down access to popular websites

Having trouble logging on to some websites based in the United States? You’re not alone, because Amazon Web Services experienced a massive blackout Tuesday that’s affected many of their own products and a number of clients. While the outage is concentrated on the East Coast of the United States, it’s…

Agribusiness in Africa: Unlocking the business potential of smallholders

Agribusiness in Africa: Unlocking the business potential of smallholders

Agribusiness and agriculture are primed to be the catalysts of Africa’s economic transformation and development in the coming years. According to the World Bank, they are both expected to form a USD $1 trillion industry by 2030 in Sub-Saharan Africa whilst representing 45 percent of the continent’s GDP. Considering the connection between…

Benjamin Musampa is a research associate at l'Observatoire des Amériques

FOCAC follow-up: African diplomats visit #China to mark anniversary

At the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) in Johannesburg a year ago, Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged a $60 billion economic package that essentially tripled China’s commitment in Africa. To mark the anniversary of the historic 2015 FOCAC summit, a group of African diplomats spent this week in China’s Fujian province….

Green Party’s Baraka: Change must come to US, Africa relations

The dearth of discussion on African nations and issues during the U.S. presidential debates was an absence that did not go unnoticed – but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t candidates who understand that Africa’s young populations, growing economies and climate challenges are a diplomatic priority. They aren’t always being heard,…

Clinton v. Trump: Has Africa even come up in this debate?

“Has Africa even come up in this debate?” That’s what one person weighing in on social media wanted to know, and he wasn’t the only one to notice the absence of discussion about African nations and foreign policy during the final U.S. presidential debate. Watching in the wee hours, some…

Tunisia, the EU-Turkey migrant deal and Merkel’s Africa travels

German Chancellor Angela Merkel begins a trip to Africa Sunday, visiting the nations of Mali and Niger to discuss their security and counterterrorism strategies before heading to Ethiopia. She’ll arrive in Addis Ababa amid the nation’s escalating unrest and the international attention to its alleged human rights violations, issues that…

Forging a future for Africa’s fragile cities

Most of the world’s fragile cities are clustered in Africa and Asia, with cities in Somalia, South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) among the most high-risk cities in the world. That’s according to a consortium, led by the Igarapé Institute, that studied urban fragility across the globe…