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The Mediterranean Sea has become a graveyard for Africa’s youth. Every day, we see images of what would appear to be a continent racked by conflict and poverty, and people…


The Future of Mobile Health

Mobile technology is the most powerful communications platform throughout the Middle East and Africa, and has the power to transform the delivery of healthcare services. Driven by some of the…


The Governance Trap

Much of the history of the world is about wars. Nations derived their identities through successive wars. The first and second World Wars were carried out with much more destructive…


Fault Lines to Paris Climate Agreement

The end of May 2015 marks 200 days to the highly anticipated Paris Climate Agreement. The month of May and the first two weeks of June mark busy schedules for…


Finance’s Renewed Catch-up

Steadily and indisputably, the financial services industry – with which we all interact, whether as borrowers, savers, investors, or regulators – has embarked on a multi-year transformation. This process, slow…


Waste Not Want Not

  As we sit down to lunch or dinner on this World Environment Day, it is important to consider this: one-third of all food produced globally each year – 300…


The Road to Better Capital

Ending extreme poverty and building shared prosperity across the developing world are noble goals; but they are also expensive, requiring financing on a scale far greater than what governments in…


Bottles, Not Bullets: Why EU’s Migration Response Seems Thoughtless

It is better for the European Union to approach the Mediterranean crisis in a more comprehensive way, rather than in a militarised way, as it is trying to do, argues Yeshiwas Degu – yeshiwasd@yahoo.com – a lecturer of peace and conflict studies at Mekelle University. Involving Africa in the process is vital, he comments.


The Knowledge Disconnect

It is astonishing to see the world globalising more and more with each day. As the saying goes, “the world is turning into a village”. The fact is that it…


Is China Resilient Enough?

Many people are profoundly pessimistic about the Chinese economy’s growth prospects, owing to the emergence of massive debt, excessive investment, overcapacity, and so-called “ghost cities” since the 2008 global financial…


Currency Wars

In a world of weak domestic demand in many advanced economies and emerging markets, policymakers have been tempted to boost economic growth and employment by going for export led-growth. This…


Upsides in Global Health

Given the clouds of pessimism sweeping across the world, it is a good time to ask a simple question: is global health improving? Conventional wisdom suggests that the answer is…


An Earth Year

On April 22, the world marked the 45th anniversary of Earth Day, established in 1970 to draw attention to environmental challenges. Never have those challenges been greater or more urgent…


Discontents of Multilateralism

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank are poised to hold their annual meetings, but the big news in global economic governance will not be made in Washington…


Is China’s New Normal Sustainable?

I just spent a week in China, where I participated in the Boao Asia Forum, a conference similar to the annual gathering of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland.…


China’s Unpopular Reaction

It is safe to say that the most consequential geostrategic development of the last two decades has been China’s rise. Yet the West has failed to accord China – not…


The Debt Hoopla

Over the last decade, Africa’s governments have increasingly come to rely on Eurobonds to finance their budgetary priorities. Issuance of these securities – which are denominated in foreign currencies –…


Don’t Cry, Just Empower

Thousands of years of cultural influence that isolated women from political and economic spheres and forced them to accept lower social status, seem also to make women’s struggle unachievable, at…


Teaming Up to Fight Disasters

Current disaster-risk levels are alarming. The cost of damage to commercial and residential buildings worldwide is averaging 314 billion dollars each year, with the private sector bearing as much as…


In Science, We Prosper

Whether in commodities, manufacturing or services, the private sector in Africa has spent decades grabbing the skills they need wherever and whenever they can. Often that means expensive expat salaries,…


Getting Urbanisation Right

Ethiopia faces an urban population explosion. Another 10 million people, possibly more, are expected to move to cities in the next ten years. Today, just one in five Ethiopians live…


Accidental Currency War?

Six and a half years after the global financial crisis, central banks in emerging and developed economies alike are continuing to pursue unprecedentedly activist – and unpredictable – monetary policy.…


Commercialisation’s Wakeup Call

The proliferations of large scale agricultural land investments, following the world food price crisis in 2008, have received significant attention. Tens of millions of hectares of lands have changed hands…


Bargains of Poverty

The economic geography of the world is changing. The Eurozone faces the specter of another round of stagnation; Japan has slipped into recession; and the United States, despite relatively strong…


Steps to Food Security

Leaders meeting in Davos, Switzerland, this week addressed some critical challenges. One of them is how to realise the bright prospects of African agriculture. Investment in this sector has doubled…




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With a reformist administration in charge of the executive, there has b...


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The new electricity tariffs that became effective on December 1, 2018,...


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