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Africa at Work for Women

Following the 2018 LSE Africa Summit which explored the unemployment challenge on the African continent, Fadekemi Abiru explores ways of creating a labour market that works for women.

 

“We have many female entrepreneurs in the informal sector, the issue is enabling them. An enabling environment is key, that is the only way for the continent to absorb its educated and entrepreneurial people” – […]

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    Survival needs or health care? Challenges accessing health care among female migrants in Accra, Ghana

Survival needs or health care? Challenges accessing health care among female migrants in Accra, Ghana

Samantha R Lattof discusses the challenges female migrants in Accra face in securing health care.

Every week while collecting the data for my recent article in Health Policy and Planning, I heard reports of female migrants dying in Accra, Ghana.  Some of these deaths were accidental.  Others, like deaths from malaria or delayed care during childbirth, could likely have been prevented.  Women face […]

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    Book Review – Christianity, Modernity and Development by Paul Gifford

Book Review – Christianity, Modernity and Development by Paul Gifford

Liz Storer says this book highlights the connection between diverse forms of worship and developmental issues in sub-Saharan Africa.

In ‘Christianity, Modernity and Development’, Professor Paul Gifford marshalls his extensive experience of more than 30 years research in African churches and religious communities to open a conversation as to what exactly might constitute ‘African Christianity’ in contemporary times.

 

Gifford argues that at present, much writing on the […]

Jobs cannot be created by force

Michael Famoroti explores the challenges behind job creation for African governments.

What’s the difference between a developed country and a developing country? Filling station attendants.

Whereas most of the western world allows you to fill your tank, you will still find filling station attendants in some of the largest economies in the developing world, and nearly everywhere on the African continent. The primary […]

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    Hydropower in Africa: Plans for new dams could increase the risk of disruption to electricity supply

Hydropower in Africa: Plans for new dams could increase the risk of disruption to electricity supply

As hydropower power generation continues to grow on the African continent, Declan Conway highlights some of the risks involved in over-reliance on hydropower and how they can be combatted effectively.

 

Malawi’s state owned electricity company said in December 2017 that power output had plummeted after a severe drought. Malawi relies heavily on hydropower. Generation reportedly dropped by half when water levels in […]

Book Review – Love Does Not Win Elections by Ayisha Osori

Bronwen Manby says this humorous book gives a unique insight into Nigerian politics.

This unique book should be required reading for those interested in the promotion and consolidation of democracy, whether as scholar or activist. It offers a candidate’s-eye view of what it takes to contest a primary election to run for office as a member of Nigeria’s House of […]

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    Why rejoining the Commonwealth is such an enticing prospect for Zimbabwe’s new regime

Why rejoining the Commonwealth is such an enticing prospect for Zimbabwe’s new regime

Sue Onslow explores why rejoining the Commonwealth is an attractive proposition for Zimbabwe’s new President.

 

Rejoining the Commonwealth has been a key element of the mood music of Zimbabwe’s foreign policy of ‘robust reengagement’ with the international community under President Emmerson Mnangagwa. At first glance, this seems something of a diversion from the pressing domestic issues facing the new ZANU-PF […]

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    Trade liberalisation in developing countries: the importance of roads

Trade liberalisation in developing countries: the importance of roads

Research on Ethiopia shows that trade liberalisation can boost the productivity of firms in developing countries, but only if they have access to good roads. Gains from trade liberalisation are not uniform within countries, write Marco Sanfilippo and Asha Sunadaram.

Many developing countries have liberalised trade in the hope that greater international exposure will improve the performance of local firms.  […]

Where are Kampala’s missing houses?

Kampala is facing a dearth of affordable formal housing. Rural-urban migration, limited access to mortgage finance, and a host of other factors are all straining its housing sector. It is imperative for planners to think of innovative and sustainable ways to address this issue, argue Astrid Haas and Thierry Hoza Ngoga.

Rapid urbanisation across sub-Saharan Africa has had far-reaching implications […]

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    The Trial of Hissène Habré and What it Could Mean for Justice in Africa

The Trial of Hissène Habré and What it Could Mean for Justice in Africa

Celeste Hicks explores the trial of Hissène Habré and what it could mean for future justice and accountability efforts in Africa.

The legal vagaries and judicial details of the Extraordinary African Chambers (EAC), which sentenced Hissène Habré to life imprisonment in 2015, was not at the top of the list of concerns of many of  the former Chadian president’s victims. What matters […]

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