Africa: New & Resurgent Infectious Diseases Can Have Far-Reaching Economic Repercussions
Infectious diseases and associated mortality have abated, but they remain a significant threat throughout the world. Read more »
Africa: 2.5 Million Migrants Smuggled Worldwide, Many Via Social Media
At least 2.5 million migrants were smuggled worldwide in 2016, generating an income for smugglers which ranged between $5.5 billion and $7.0 billion, according to a newly published… Read more »
Africa: When Two Becomes One - Blending Public and Private Climate Finance
With the landmark Paris Agreement now almost two years old, funding for climate-related activities continues to be a challenge. However, efforts have been underway to bring two… Read more »
Africa: Unlocking Private Finance for Developing Countries' Green Growth
Climate finance has never been more urgently needed, with massive investments in climate action required to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement and avoid the devastating effects… Read more »
Africa: Agricultural Trade Liberalization Undermined Food Security
Agriculture is critical for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) notes, 'From ending poverty and hunger to responding… Read more »
Africa: 20 Water-Stressed Countries Have Most Solar And Wind Potential
Most power generation consumes water, whether to cool steam in thermoelectric plants or power turbines for hydropower. And the global demand for both water and electricity will… Read more »
Africa: Regional Cooperation Needs a Strategic Vehicle for Inclusive Growth
There is growing recognition that regional cooperation is a crucial driver of growth. We should now also recognize if regional trade networks are to yield the intended benefit of… Read more »
Africa: Belt and Road Initiative Vows Green Infrastructure With Connectivity
"My son in primary school did not attend a birthday celebration because it was cancelled due to bad air - and we live in Seoul, a great place to live," said Dr. Frank Rijsberman,… Read more »
Zimbabwe: Low Awareness Restrains Growth of Solar Technologies
Every year, Amos Chandiringa, 43, a farmer in Nemaire village in Makoni district in northeastern Zimbabwe, laboriously waters his tobacco nursery with a watering can. The toil of… Read more »
Africa: Dreaming of a New Sustainable Economy
Officials from around the world came together to create and support a vision for a new, sustainable economy: a bioeconomy. Read more »
Africa: Can Sustainable Bioeconomy Be a Driver of Green Growth?
On April 19-20, I attended the second Global Bioeconomy Summit in Berlin. Bioeconomy is currently a hot topic for scientists and policymakers. Rapid advances in molecular biology… Read more »
Africa: Illicit Trade in Oil & Fuel - an Emerging Global Policy Challenge
Illicit trade in any of its forms - alcohol, tobacco, pharmaceuticals, diamonds, timber, ivory and oil - sits at the nexus of two social-economic disorders that challenge global… Read more »
Africa: Another Debt Crisis for Poor Countries?
When the world's finance ministers and central bank governors assemble in Washington later this month for their semi-annual IMF meeting, they will no doubt set aside time for yet… Read more »
Africa: What's Different About Trump's Tariffs?
At Davos in January, US President Donald Trump warned that the US "will no longer turn a blind eye to unfair economic practices" of others, interpreted by many as declaring world… Read more »
Africa: Who's Getting Financial Inclusion Funding in Sub-Saharan Africa?
For the first time in over a decade, Sub-Saharan Africa is a top priority for international funders investing in financial inclusion, with 30 percent of all active projects focused… Read more »
Africa: Former UN Chief Takes the Helm of Global Green Growth Institute
In the face of climate change and growing energy demand in developing countries, Ban Ki-moon, the new president and chair of the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), unveiled his… Read more »
Africa: Role of Energy Efficiency in Limiting Climate Change
Greenhouse gases are produced as a by-product of the use of fossil fuels to supply light and heat, produce food, manufacture products and transport people and goods. These gases… Read more »
Africa: Has Trump Just Launched a Global Trade War?
Last week's action by President Donald Trump has ended the United States' leadership on liberal trade and may trigger a global trade war with major damaging consequences. Read more »
Africa: ILO Fails to Cut Ties With Tobacco Industry - Yet Again
Last week, the International Labour Organization's (ILO) governing body postponed yet again a decision to stop accepting money from the tobacco industry for its projects to end… Read more »
Africa: China Needs to Avoid 'Belt and Road' Debt Problems
Chinese officials have been adept at ascribing a vision for the "Belt and Road" initiative (BRI) that garners support from a wide array of countries, as well as international… Read more »
Africa: Trump's Trade War in Perspective
US President Donald Trump's recent announcement of steep tariffs on steel and aluminium imports seems to have shocked US allies, even though these were among his 2016 election… Read more »
Africa: Why We Need Machines to Learn to Avoid Discrimination
The opportunities that artificial intelligence (AI) can unlock for our world - from discovering cures to diseases that kill millions each year to significantly reducing carbon… Read more »
Zimbabwe: Women Miners Stake a Claim in Zimbabwe
Tapiwa Moyo, 40, religiously leaves her home each day when the first cock crows and joins a throng of women who have taken up artisanal mining in her community. Read more »
Kenya: New Technology Alone Won't Halt Aflatoxin Menace, Experts Warn
In the absence of concerted efforts to raise awareness on the dangers of aflatoxin to humans and domestic animals, advances in technology for early detection of aflatoxin in… Read more »
Africa: African Brain Drain - Is There an Alternative?
"Brain drain is particularly acute in sub-Saharan Africa," says the World Economic Outlook (October 2016), a report published by the International Monetary Fund (IMF). "The… Read more »
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