Doubt over Africa deals as ‘America first’ policy bites


US president’s approach poses threat to three aid and trade agreements, politicians warn. Donald Trump’s “America first” pledge could threaten Washington’s three biggest health and trade initiatives in Africa, US…


The Ethiopian woman helping to bring Chinese to her homeland

  Beijing’s skyline wowed Lina Getachew Ayenew when she arrived in the Chinese capital five years ago, but she was surprised to find the pedestrian bridges looked just like those…


MBA students help Ethiopia tackle the impact of urbanisation

  For Ria Tobaccowala, a Chicago native studying in New York, arriving in the fast-growing southern Ethiopian city of Hawassa was a revelation. “The first plants are going up, the…


African farmers set to benefit from insurance scheme

Africa could receive a $63bn boost from an EU/World Bank-backed insurance project designed to free up loans to the small farmers that form the backbone of the continent’s economies. By…


Rail link fuels Africa trade hopes

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Commodities rebound set to boost global growth

The pace of global growth will increase this year, fuelled by a rebound in commodity-exporting emerging economies and further recovery in advanced economies such as the US, according to the…


How your phone is becoming your doctor

In a bitingly cold evening in late December, having spent most of the day nursing a stomach ache, I decided I could no longer avoid medical advice. After a week…


‘The Daily Show’ host Trevor Noah

Trevor Noah, Johannesburg-born host of the satirical US television programme The Daily Show, has never been to China. But he has chosen our lunch venue, Bashan, an unglamorous Chinese restaurant…


Dubai hotels welcome Chinese and African middle-class tourists

Dubai is known for taking hospitality to excess: the world’s tallest hotel, rooms costing $24,000 a night, replicas of Arabian and Russian palaces. But developers in the emirate are turning…


Africa looks to boost growth and jobs with free-trade area

Six years ago it took almost three weeks for a shipping container to travel the 1,100km from the Kenyan port of Mombasa to Kampala, the Ugandan capital. While poor infrastructure…


ETHIOPIA TO KENYA Out of the cauldron

Efi compares his move to Nairobi to Lady Gaga’s song “Mary Jane Holland”, although his life is drug-free and he is certainly not as “rich as piss”. The resonance is…


Multinationals seek to milk Africa’s appetite for dairy

European groups aim to tap into growth potential through expansion across the continent At Anno Walivaka’s two-acre family farm in a valley below Mount Elgon in western Kenya, daily milk…


Ethiopian unrest triggers collapse in tourism

A wave of anti-government protests and the imposition of a state of emergency has triggered a collapse in tourism bookings in Ethiopia, underlining the effect the unrest is having on…


UK ready to shift focus of Africa aid to trade

Britain is expected to increase the focus of its African aid budget on economic and trade-related projects to try to boost prosperity on the continent while forging new partnerships after…


Strongman leaders more trusted than democrats

Data suggest emerging market citizens rate politicians’ standards highly Authoritarian leaders are seen as far more trustworthy than politicians in more openly democratic countries across the emerging world, according to…


China rethinks approach after surge in lending to risky countries

A surge in overseas lending has left Chinese policy banks highly exposed to countries at risk of default, forcing a rethink that could reshape its engagement with developing economies. A Financial…


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