Positioning Peasants, Artisans, and Traders

By Mary Njeri Kinyanjui Globalization offers an integrated economy in the sense that actions occurring in distant parts of the world affect each other, but this integration has not thus far led to inclusivity or sustainability. Theorists like Joseph Stiligtz, David Harvey, and Jeffrey Sachs, as well as global finance institutions, are developing proposals...
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Enhancing Individual Capability in Rural Communities

By Alex Thomas Ijjo Inclusiveness is currently high on the global policy agenda, but it has been especially emphasized by the recent transition from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It is explicitly mentioned in five of the 17 SDGs. However, the ramifications of its realization in the context of less developed...
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Making the Solar Panel Switch in Ghana

From time to time, The African Angle will focus on entrepreneurs and businesses throughout Africa and discuss the political, social, or environmental issues surrounding their work. This piece, about Black Star Energy in Ghana, is the first in this occasional series.  By Carmel Pryor In December 2015, leaders from 150 nations along with 4,000 delegates from 195 countri...
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Ivory Coast: A Story of Local Companies’ Struggle for Survival

By Selay Marius Kouassi  Since the 2010-2011 post-election crisis in the Ivory Coast, the country has seen a serious decline in the number of initiatives to further social and economic development. Now, perhaps to compensate, the number of projects taken on by the Ivorian government has exploded. But in this rush of projects, multinational companies have taken the li...
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The Climate African Farmers Counted On Is Gone

By Esther Ngumbi In West Africa, Mali’s President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita presides over a state under siege by terrorists. But he also faces a threat to his people that makes fewer international headlines: climate change. It’s a parallel he drew when he addressed global heads of state gathered at the recently-concluded Paris Climate Conference. Keita sp...
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More Work, Less Wages

  By Olanike F. Deji, PhD Rural-urban migration by men in Nigeria has greatly increased over the past 20 years, forcing rural women left in the wake of this growing exodus to inhabit roles formerly occupied by men. Despite the fact that these women are now able to assume leadership positions in both the agricultural sector and in the domestic sphere, their livel...
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Paving Roads to Prosperity for Africa’s Farmers

By Emma Naluyima Joel Cherope, a young farmer from Kapchorwa in eastern Uganda had four tons of cabbage, and the best market was hundreds of miles away in Sudan. It took him a week to get to Sudan instead of the usual 24 hours because the vehicle he hired was barely functional and the roads were in bad repair.  By the time he arrived at the border crossing,...
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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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