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As degrees become more commonplace, African graduates are struggling more to find jobs. George Esiri/Reuters

If Africa grows its universities cleverly, its economies will flourish

Global economic realities shouldn't deter African universities from continuing to push for massification. But they must do so armed with knowledge, lessons from elsewhere and strong funding models.
A power utility is considered a key asset for a development state. Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko

Will the ANC turn South Africa into a developmental welfare state?

The prevailing political fights over control of state-owned enterprises in South Africa has the potential to have a deep impact on the economy, and the quality and direction of the development state.
EPA/Wang Zhao

Soft power and the institutionalisation of influence

There are some rather remarkable aspects of the increasingly heated debate about China’s influence in Australia. First, the idea that China actually has any “soft power” to exert is actually rather surprising…
Dehorning is practised on many South African private reserves and is seen as a way of deterring poachers. Keith Somerville

Dehorning rhinos: why there may be a case for doing it

A few national parks and reserves want to dehorn rhinos and there is a lobby for a regulated and closely monitored legal trade in rhino horn. But this is met by opposition from many.
Presidents Jinping (centre) and Obama (right) have ensured that the Paris Agreement now covers 40% of the world’s emissions, bringing it closer to coming into force. EPA/How Hwee Young

US-China ratification of Paris Agreement ramps up the pressure on Australia

Unlike the Kyoto Protocol, which languished for years, the Paris climate agreement is rocketing towards the threshold for it to enter into international law – leaving Australia in its wake.

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