The African Breadbasket


On the first World Food Day in 1945, people around the world celebrated the creation of the United Nations Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the launch of the first…


Redrawing the World Bank

  Last week, finance ministers, central bankers and development economists gathered in Lima, Peru, for the World Bank’s annual meetings, where the debate focused on how the institution’s agenda fits…


Unlearning Green Revolution

William Moseley is a professor of Geography and African Studies at Macalester College in Saint Paul, United States. This commentary first appeared on African Arguments. He can be followed on twitter at @WilliamGMoseley.


The Art of Sharing

When Amazon was founded in 1994 and eBay the following year, they harnessed the connectivity of the Internet to create new, more efficient markets. In the beginning, that meant new…


Banking Better Through POS

A Point of Sale (POS) terminal is a device that provides customers of banks with access to financial transactions in public places. This machine solves the problem of carrying cash…


Bottled Risk

Over the last 15 years, the bottled-water industry has experienced explosive growth, which shows no sign of slowing. In fact, bottled water – including everything from “purified spring water” to…


A New Road to Growth

There is no bigger policy challenge preoccupying leaders around the world than meeting the need to expand participation in the benefits of economic growth and globalisation. Indeed, a geographically and…


The Internet of Things

Within the next five years, using mobile devices simply for communication will seem outdated. The Internet of Things (IoT) will allow consumers to interact with nearly every appliance and device…


Automated Restructuring

It seems obvious that if a business invests in automation, its workforce – though possibly reduced – will be more productive. So why do the statistics tell a different story?…


Oil’s New Equilibrum

Mohamed El-Erian is chief economic advisor at Allianz, a multinational financial institution, and a member of its International Executive Committee.


Why Obama’s South Sudan Approach Is Flawed

Critics of President Barack Obama’s Iranian nuclear agreement believe his position is that any deal is better than no deal. He seems to be taking that same stance in dealing…


Untaxed Globalisation

Most of the world’s governments – eager to mobilise more tax revenues to finance development and curb pervasive tax-avoidance schemes, such as those revealed in the Luxembourg Leaks scandal last year…


Snags of Transformation

In the last decade, Africa has seen a remarkable turnaround. Africa’s real gross domestic product (GDP) has more than doubled since 2000, and in 2014, six of the world’s 10…


Dreams versus Targets

In 1950, people in South Korea and Pakistan earned roughly the same amount of money annually. Today, the two countries are scarcely comparable. South Korean’s per capita income has grown 23-fold since…


A Call for Action

The past 15 years have yielded unprecedented gains in the fight against extreme poverty and hunger, with emerging economies heralding record economic growth. The number of people living in extreme…


The Biofuel Myth

Over the past several years, biofuels have become a bone of contention. For some, a renewable energy source produced from organic matter amounts to a magic wand in the fight…


Editorial

Ethiopia is in the midst of a state of emergency. At a press conference...


Agenda

Holidays are mostly considered by the Banks to be a peak season when it...


Fineline

Addis Abeba is in a bizarre mood lately. And for a...


Commentary

Over the past decade or so, Ethiopia has been in the limelight of globa...


Viewpoint

Over two-thirds of Africa’s people lack access to electricity. Approx...


Opinion

Karl Marx was not such a naive man, as some would be forgiven to think,...


View From Arada

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