Rwandan presidential candidate, Frank Habineza, waves to supporters.
With frequent irregularities, it's easy to become cynical about elections in Africa. But polls are an essential component of the continent's growing democracy.
Ugandan worker picking tea as exports in the country grows.
Uganda needs to boost manufacturing and exports to realise the ambitions listed in its social and economic development plan.
Drying coffee beans in Bugitimwa village, in the area of Mt. Elgon, eastern Uganda.
In the 1980's Uganda was one of the largest coffee exporters in the world, far ahead of Vietnam which hardly exported any. Now the tables have turned raising interesting comparative questions.
People who fled fighting in South Sudan arrive on the border with Uganda.
The risk factors at the heart of vulnerability to conflict can be resolved. But the first step is a ceasefire founded on an inclusive and credible agreement underwritten by the international community
An M-Pesa agent and mobile phone shop in Nairobi. A decade after it was introduced economic benefits are being felt.
M-PESA was launched nearly a decade ago in Kenya. New evidence suggests that the mobile money banking system has helped reduced poverty levels, particularly in households headed by women.
African trade and economic integration is set for growth.
The African trade and integration spaces are seeing significant improvements and gathering even more momentum in the face of Brexit. Sarah Logan looks at the driving factors.
US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
To date, neither Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump nor Democratic contender Hillary Clinton have paid significant attention to Africa as part of their campaign efforts.
Workers prepare pipes to service an oil well.
South Sudan is not the only oil-dependent country suffering from the fall in oil prices. Nigeria and Angola are also having difficulties. One solution is for them to diversify their economies.
Zimbabwe needs more responsible diamond mining companies, not fly-by-night operators.
Zimbabwe has said it will take over all diamond mining operations in the country. But what is needed to maximise revenues isn't state ownership, but improvements in existing regulatory practices.
South Sudan is a landlocked country with poor infrastructure. Joining the East African Community will open new avenues for trade.
Countries like Rwanda have shown that regional integration can enhance growth and reduce poverty. South Sudan should follow its lead in its engagement with the East African Community.