Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame is seen as having promoted economic growth at the expense of human rights.
To improve, African countries need to find a balance between political and economic matters. This is where leadership becomes particularly important. But this is currently lacking on the continent.
A farm employee walks through a soya bean field in northern Uganda.
Increasing legume production can turn the tide for African farmers who struggle with poor soils, declining farm yields and worsening nutrition in one fell swoop
Climate change and the current El Niño have left Africans more vulnerable than ever to hunger.
Economic growth alone won't end hunger. Good policies and programmes are needed, too. Scientists and researchers have a role to play in these initiatives.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta address a news conference at State House in Nairobi.
Narendra Modi’s first trip to Africa has widely been heralded as a success, but his brand of diplomacy has left the most pressing issues for the continent unaddressed.
Barrels in Nigeria used for transporting oil to communities.
It is important to nurture local companies and increase domestic participation in Africa's emerging oil economies.
Some countries in Africa are well placed to follow the path of development pioneered by a number of Asian countries.
It's important to interrogate the key factors that pushed countries from Third World to First World status in the 20th century. Asia's experiences hold many lessons for Africa.
Burkina Faso is among the African countries that have experienced popular protests in recent years.
Grassroots protesters are questioning the logic of export-led ‘growth’ and renewed fiscal austerity pushed through the ‘Africa rising’ narrative. They want policies that meet their basic needs.
Mozambique should prioritise spending on infrastructure, agricultural development and human capital to ensure sustained growth.
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Mozambique returns to the limelight following controversy over its external debt. How can the country contain this situation and avoid a downward spiral?
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace. Mugabe has been in power since 1980.
It is normal for resistance movements to adopt rough survival strategies and techniques while fighting an oppressive regime. Unfortunately that culture takes root and is permanently nurtured.
Mozambique needs to prioritise labour-intensive sectors, including agriculture.
Economic growth forecasts for Mozambique are being revised down. The country needs to safeguard economic stability by taking steps to break with the past.
Former Brazilian president Lula da Silva’s development aid programme has fizzled out.
Lula led an unprecedented shift in the country’s foreign policy towards the global South. He also helped elevate Brazil to the status of a global player. But, six years on, disillusionment reigns.
India is deepening its ties with Africa. India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the India-Africa summit in New Delhi.
India is pursuing numerous energy interests in Mozambique, where many people are without energy access. But this has come with a high carbon output.
Mozambique is seeking to use renewable energy to extend electricity access to rural institutions.
Mozambique has long standing energy challenges and widespread energy poverty. To change this, particularly for people living in rural areas, it needs to democratise the way it supplies energy.
People throughout Africa can play a part in the work of the Square Kilometre Array even if they are not scientists.
Citizen science will ensure that the skies have no limit when it comes to research, as ordinary people are encouraged to take part in simple acts of exploration.
The debate around whether fences aid or curb poaching continues while units try hunt poachers.
Dropping fences can help the fight against poaching by inviting the people living in surrounding areas to take care of the animals.
Mozambique has improved access to education, but it has to do more to meet the high expectations of its young and rapidly growing population.
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Agriculture, which employs about 80% of the working population, and political stability are key to Mozambique's rapid economic and social progress.