Regional authorities require real teeth to protect their towns from big shocks like factory closures.
Buhari’s handling of the economy has been somewhere between poor and appalling. But the same could be said of past administrations.
There is a plethora of highly troubling issues facing the global economy that are caused, in part, by globalisation.
Sovereign access to the Pacific would bring Bolivia significant economic benefits.
Mexico made internet connectivity a constitutional right in 2013, but most poor people still aren't online. Research shows that internet access would give these residents more economic mobility.
When large companies move into an area, the result is often gentrification. When this happens, the economic and social costs for displaced residents is typically high.
Tanzania was an early, ardent believer in family planning. Now it joins a growing number of developing nations that see potential advantage in having a huge and growing workforce.
South Africa needs to rethink the role of the informal economy as it mulls over ideas to beat joblessness.
South Africa's jobs summit failed to acknowledge fundamental issues in the approach to development and job creation.
African economies could benefit more from backward linkages to the mining industry than from beneficiation.
The collapse of the oil price in 2014 highlighted the need for Nigeria to dilute its exposure on the commodity.
Policymakers in Africa approach rural and urban development separately. This needs to change.
Secular countries tend to be richer than religious ones. Now new research shows that it was secularisation which came first.
The devastating impact of mine closures could be avoided with economic and scientific interventions.
Increasingly, young people across Africa are taking up Nelson Mandela's challenge of working to improve the lives of ordinary people.
'The Mother Road' is one step closer to becoming a National Historic Trail, which would allocate funds for struggling towns along the original Route 66.
Talk of the post-industrial society is mostly hype without evidence.
South Africa needs to harness its service sector into an innovative and export orientated way to push back poverty, unemployment and inequality.
Self-organisation initiatives taken by slum residents across Africa can help urban development.
If programs don’t challenge the structural causes of gender inequality, microfinance will just continue to reinforce poverty and inequality.