Understanding the Crisis in Burundi

By Roland Rugero Although the media’s coverage of the current crisis in Burundi has focused on the debate over a third term for President Pierre Nkurunziza, this is merely an easy-to-sell substitute for the real issues at stake. The matter of constitutional interpretation over term limits does have a role in Burundi’s political drama, but more important are questio...
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Emerging Entrepreneurs, Part II

Franco Sacchi is a documentary filmmaker born in Zambia and based in Boston, Mass. This is Sacchi’s second blog in a series for African Angle, in which he documents emerging entrepreneurs in Africa. For part 1 of this series, click the associated link By Franco Sacchi Bridge International Academies (BIA), founded by Dr. Shannon May and her husband Jay Kimmelman in 2008,...
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The Rise and Perils of West African Startups

By Raindolf Owusu                           Every week an African startup is showcased on CNN or Forbes for building innovative companies that are addressing critical local issues. Taking inspiration from global tech successes, a number of African startups have adapted these business models to become sustainable and profitable, such asiROKOtv, launched in 2011 and ...
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Status and Sustainability in Malawi

By Jon Twingi Sojkowski, Hastings Jolotie, and Simon Chimwaza Malawi recently suffered severe floods, where, ironically, many of the homes destroyed were built using techniques that made the environment more susceptible to catastrophic flooding. In particular, the use of so-called burnt bricks—mud bricks that have been dried in a wood-fire kiln rather than the sun—ha...
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Nigeria 2015: Challenges of Delayed Elections

By Mmakgantsi Mafojane As interest in Africa has increased in recent years, the presidential elections in Nigeria have come to gain global attention. And at a time when many African countries are making strides toward consolidating their democracies—holding repeated successful elections with peaceful transfers of power—the postponement of elections in the continent’s...
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Debasing Africa’s Largest Economy

The African Angle seeks to amplify the voices of contemporary African thought leaders speaking on issues of global concern. It is an initiative of The Africa-America Institute, Fireside Research, and World Policy Journal. By Soji Apampa There was outrage in Nigeria when the U.S. National Intelligence Council (NIC), at a conference in 2005, dared to consider the possibil...
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The African Angle: Adeyemi Adewole on Advances in Nigerian Health Care

June 11, 2014 - 9:52am | admin By Adeyemi Adewole  “Average per capita health spending is low in Africa, but higher than in South Asia. Yet South Asia, in general, has better health outcomes. So Africa not only needs more money for health, it also needs more health for the money” – Key message from Africa Health Forum 2013 As Africa’s demographic and econ...
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The African Angle: Part 2 of Dr. George Ayittey’s exploration of leadership, despotism, and accountability in Africa.

The Imported Tradition of African Dictatorship May 28, 2014 - 9:03am | admin By George B.N. Ayittey, Ph.D. Despotism and dictatorship did not exist in traditional African political schemes. In fact, the famous British economist, the late Lord Peter Bauer, noted this in his book, "Reality and Rhetoric: Studies in Economics of Development" where he wrote, "De...
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Renewable Energy Technologies for Electricity Generation in Sub-Saharan Africa: Part II

The second part in a series on renewable energy technologies for electricity generation in Sub-Saharan Africa. by Alessandra Leri, Ph.D. Electrification in sub-Saharan Africa, particularly the rural sectors, remains critical for economic development [1], and achieving it without relying on imported fossil fuels is key to long-term sustainability, both economic and envir...
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