As global leaders met at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting last week, the focus was on how the Fourth Industrial Revolution can deliver jobs and economic prosperity for all people across the world. For the African continent, being part of this new economic revolution may seem full of challenges, yet it is also full […]
The Fourth Industrial Revolution: what it means, how to respond
We stand on the brink of a technological revolution that will fundamentally alter the way we live, work, and relate to one another. In its scale, scope, and complexity, the transformation will be unlike anything humankind has experienced before. We do not yet know just how it will unfold, but one thing is clear: the […]
How much does China really invest in Africa?
So does China really invest as little as 1% in Africa compared to the rest of the world, as a UN official recently said? On the face of it, Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Africa this week with pockets full of cash. He signed deals worth US$6.5 billion with South African president Jacob Zuma and although […]
Zimbabwe (Re-)Opens to the West
By Witney Schneidman on November 12th, 2015 Zimbabwe has begun to implement economic reforms that, if continued, could help the struggling nation improve the quality of life for the vast majority of its citizens. The nascent reform movement also suggests that government leaders have realized that reliance on China alone will not solve the country’s […]
Four Ways To Improve Existing U.S. Resources for Doing Business in Africa
During the recent meeting of the President’s Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa (PAC-DBIA), Commerce Secretary Pritzker candidly admitted that the Obama Administration has been “grappling” with how to move forward on the proposed U.S.-Africa Infrastructure Center because the U.S. Commercial Service does not have the necessary resources and training to effect a proposal […]
“Unite Against Corruption a bold statement by people of SA”: Madonsela
She was one of the users who helped the hashtag trend on Twitter ahead of the marches that she will culminate at Parliament and the Union Buildings. “As I said in my address at the #BrickChambers Conference in London on Mon September 28‚the #MarchAgainstCorruption is not against government‚” Madonsela tweeted. “The #MarchAgainstCorruption is a bold […]
Samsung unveils Digital Village in DRC
Samsung Electronics Africa has launched its Digital Village in the community of Kasenga, 250 kilometers away from Lubumbashi. The Digital Village will provide access to communication technologies, and education and health services to under-resourced areas, bridging the digital divide and serving as a catalyst for local business development and government service delivery. The components of […]
Africa Still Poised to Become the Next Great Investment Destination
The commodities boom may be over, but sub-Saharan Africa is still experiencing growth, a remarkable fact considering that the continent is a net exporter of primary commodities. By adopting sound macroeconomic policies over the past two decades and sector reforms, many African economies have already shown that they can sustain a trajectory of economic growth […]
Should aid still flow to middle-income nations or are the poorest the priority?
The debate on how aid should be shared has intensified over the lifespan of the millennium development goals. We asked two experts to present the arguments Should aid continue to flow to middle-income countries, or should the world’s poorest countries receive a greater share? It is a debate that has intensified since world leaders […]
Foreign aid: how does Britain spend its overseas aid budget?
As pressure mounts on UK to take in more refugees fleeing to Europe, David Cameron has insisted that Britain is already offering help through foreign aid. The government says it has spent £900m from its foreign aid budget on helping some of the four million refugees who have fled Syria since the war began. The vast […]