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Somali university students celebrate their graduation. Universities that fare well on national measures may be ignored by international ranking systems. Feisal Omar/Reuters

Ranking African universities is a futile endeavour

The news that African universities will soon be ranked has generated a great deal of hype. But the initiative seems likely to be doomed from the start.
US President Barack Obama’s much-anticipated visit is aimed at forging stronger ties with Kenya and Ethiopia. Reuters/Jonathan Ernst

Obama’s visit to strengthen America’s ties in East Africa

Kenya and Ethiopia need to use the media spotlight of US President Barack Obama's visit to showcase their various opportunities. The US and the African Union will also be looking to benefit from the visit.
India has become the biggest land investor in Ethiopia. There are concerns at the behaviour of Indian firms in the Gambela ecological hotspot. Shutterstock

The lesser known story of India’s role in Ethiopian land deals

Foreign investors need to tread carefully when acquiring land in Africa. This is best illustrated in the ecologically sensitive Gambela region of Ethiopia, where firms have endangered livelihoods.
Children’s labour entails both benefits and harm that should be assessed at the local level. Reuters/Finbarr O'Reilly

Global standards miss the nuance in local child labour

A more enlightened approach to child labour would listen to what children say about work, balance work and school, and enhance the flexibility and quality of schooling to cater for working children.

Calcium can counteract fluoride damage

A study has found that an increase in calcium in diet can help widespread dental health problems caused by excessive fluoride…
In Ethiopia, the short food supply chain has enabled consumers and food growers to have a direct relationship with each other. Benjamin Shepherd

Sustainable food supply chains: what we can learn from Greece and Ethiopia

Poverty is definitely not some bucolic ideal that we should romanticise. It is ugly, brutal and should be fought against. But there are lessons from the poor that we, in affluent (and frequently complacent…

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