Examining Labor Migration Policy in South Africa

By Dr. Zaheera Jinnah Migrating for work is one of the oldest and most common forms of migration in the world. According to the International Labour Organization (ILO) there are approximately 232 million migrant workers in the world today. For workers, migration represents an opportunity to find work, diversify skills and experience, and remit earnings ...
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Illegal Fishing in the Shadow of Piracy

By Yusuf Abdilahi Gulled Extensive illegal fishing by foreign vessels in Somali waters threatens economic development in the Horn of Africa. Somali fishermen are unable to compete because the foreign fishers are better equipped and better skilled. Some Somalis believe that the only way to protect their resources and make a living is by committing piracy. Piracy slow...
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Tackling Africa’s “Unemployable” Challenge

By Misan Rewane Each year, hundreds of thousands of graduates join a growing pool of unemployed and often unemployable young men and women in Nigeria. It is the greatest challenge of our era: creating jobs for the largest segment of our population. We know that the youth make up 65 percent of Africa’s population. What we, as a society, often forget is that...
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Understanding the African Consumer

By David Stevens Much has been made of the development of the African consumer as the driving force of long term African growth.  In 2012, McKinsey’s The Rise of the African Consumer saw the consumer market as the “single-largest business opportunity,” on the continent, and projected consumer-facing industries to grow by $400 billion by 2020. The report goes on to lo...
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Tightening the Screws on Microfinance

By Faith Kiarie South Africa is currently embroiled in a debate regarding interest rates in the microfinance sector. In my previous article, I briefly referred to a “dearth of microfinance” in South Africa. This is a term that’s often associated with micro lending, microcredit and consumer credit. Here, it is used broadly for all providers of microfinance services ...
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Burundi: Two Hugs to Solve the Crisis?

 By Roland Rugero The morning of Aug. 20, the phone buzzes and a message comes through Whatsapp: “The President will take his oath in a few minutes…” However, the day before, most credible sources had confirmed that the presidential inauguration would take place Aug. 26. Those in the know were relentlessly eyeing the Kigobe Parliament House for the fresh coat of paint ...
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Gambian Media: Haunted by its History

by Sanna Camara Independent media is the Gambian population’s last bastion of defense against tyranny and suppression. This form of media first developed after in 1888, after the European division of the kingdoms of the coastal West African region. It was designed to give a voice to a group of people, later known as Gambians. In short, the country’s freedom from colo...
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Energy Innovation Where It’s Most Needed (In Africa)

By Aurelien Chu and Samuel Miles It is sundown in Warri East, a community of several hundred thousand people in southern Nigeria, and the lights have gone out again, just as the continent’s largest election results are being announced. The coughing of generators picks up as community residents prepare to be cut off from the national grid. Despite the joy and relief...
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How Entrepreneurship is Transforming Africa

By Peter Bamkole "No country can achieve its full potential unless it draws on the talents of all its people" — Barack Obama at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, 2015. African countries are progressively realizing that entrepreneurship is the key to reducing youth unemployment and including young people in economic activities. Innovation and creativity are riding ...
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LGBT Rights in Kenya: A Conversation with David Kuria

by Patrick Kurth In anticipation of Barack Obama's recent trip to Nairobi, many Kenyan politicians publicly disparaged the president's support of LGBT rights, with one MP demanding that he leave 'the gay agenda' at home. Despite their protestations, Obama candidly addressed the state's discrimination against sexual minorities, prompting Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta to...
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