Opinion: African women, a force for good on climate change

Opinion: African women, a force for good on climate change

By Naza Alakija, Flourish Africa Climate change and issues relating to it has recently been at the forefront of much public debate. Nations globally are implementing new policies to win the race against climate change whilst others (a minority) neglect to acknowledge that it is actually happening. The United Nations…

SA’s Mlambo-Ngcuka puts African women in the spotlight

SA’s Mlambo-Ngcuka puts African women in the spotlight

South Africa’s Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the executive director of United Nations Women, put innovation and the women of Africa in the spotlight for International Women’s Day. This year’s theme for the annual UN celebration, marked on Friday, is “Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change.” In her statement, Mlambo-Ngcuka described the…

Africans continue to lead the way on mobile money

Africa is leading the way with mobile money accounts, and its sub-Saharan countries are the only region in the world where more than 10 percent of adults have such access. In some places, including Tanzania and Côte d’Ivoire, that’s more people than have a traditional bank account. That’s according to…

U.S. files criminal charges against Huawei CFO Meng

The United States on Monday announced criminal charges are filed against Chinese telecom giant Huawei, including relevant subsidiaries and executives, because of alleged violations of U.S. sanctions against Iran and related financial crimes. The Department of Justice filing targets Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou among them: She is charged with bank…

UN promotes effort to harvest treasure from e-waste trash

The roughly 1.2 billion people who live on the African continent contribute the least to the world’s e-waste problem, but in countries like Liberia and Ghana they deal with the trash left behind from the world’s digital and technological advances. All told, an estimated 48.5 million tons of e-waste was…

LSE showcases African biz in ‘Companies to Inspire’ report

The London Stock Exchange has named 360 companies from 32 African nations in its new “Companies to Inspire Africa 2019” report. Nigeria and Kenya lead the way, with the report’s foreword written by President Uhuru Kenyatta. “Entrepreneurship is at the heart of Kenya’s vibrant economy, propelling investment, job creation and…

The world is watching Huawei, but who is watching Africa?

In recent weeks the controversies surrounding Chinese telecom giant Huawei seem to mount every day. From New Zealand to Japan, and from Europe to the long-suspicious United States, countries balk at the idea of using Huawei equipment in their communications networks. In China and Canada, the arrest of a top…

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

The U.S. may wish otherwise, but what if Africa has chosen China?

China wasted no time in responding to accusations by top United States official John Bolton’s claim that its dealings with Africa are corrupt and predatory. It’s an oft-repeated charge, as the U.S. appears to realize too late that Beijing has spent decades courting the continent while Washington was, by and…

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

COP24: Africa, LDCs press for urgency on climate

Africa is at a “tipping point” as global warming increases, and urgent action needs to be taken across the continent now, according to a new report from the United Nations Development Agency (UNDP) released at COP24 in Katowice, Poland. Ahunna Eziakonwa, Director of UNDP’s Africa Bureau, said that while many African nations…

Africa makes strides in Internet access and usage

For the first time, more than half of the world’s population is using the Internet and it is sub-Saharan Africa that is making the greatest progress. The ITU, a United Nations agency devoted to information and communication technologies, released a report Friday that estimates that 3.9 billion people, or 51.2…

COP24: This time, Africa wants action on climate

No more beating around the bush. That’s the message from Namibia, and from African climate activists and negotiators more broadly, as they head to Katowice, Poland, for the COP24 meeting. Formally known as the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the annual…

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times