Traffic jams in major African cities such as Lagos, pictured here, as well as Uganda’s Kampala, are a major drain on productivity.
Kampala generates about 60% of Uganda's GDP. In the coming decade urbanisation is the single largest opportunity to spur economic growth in the coming decade.
Building a stronger economy?
Don't let the u-turn on tax credits fool you, swingeing cuts remain the order of the day in Osborne's bid to achieve a budget surplus.
Religion is always in the background.
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Secularism must be part of the debate about religion, not the end of the debate.
Keeping government to account.
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New research has shown the benefits of the process that holds public bodies to account.
Retailers offer ‘rewards’ programs and loyalty cards that can trap customers into a debt cycle.
In the global South, where some argue that "everyone is now middle class", people are reluctant to acknowledge that they need to borrow money – and the stigma drives them to dodge their debts.
South African students campaigning for lower university fees during a sit-in protest on the steps of Jameson Hall at the University of Cape Town.
In a good system, university education is free for students while they are studying. They then pay part of the cost once they have graduated.
The new wave of academies created since 2010 are very different to those that went before.
Police officers stand guard in downtown Shanghai. China’s pollution crisis has reached epic proportions, driven by the country’s relentless pursuit of economic growth.
The pursuit of endless industrial growth is chewing through our living planet, producing poverty and threatening our existence. The new Sustainable Development Goals fail to deal with this.
Ed Balls and Gordon Brown opening the 200th academy school in 2009.
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Struggling schools that were given more autonomy in the early 2000s improved GCSE results for their pupils.
Greece takes its medicine.
One thing is clear: if you need bailing out, your voters no longer matter.
Caspar Bowden, privacy advocate and campaigner.
Privacy advocate broadsided any deserving criticism, including his employers.
Did Osborne provide a spark for productivity?
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A living wage grabs the headlines, but sluggish productivity is a harder nut to crack than that.
Wait till Vladimir hears about this.
Neither Russia nor China like the EU, but they've each got their ways of dealing with its members.
Historically, governments that have chosen default have experienced a much higher risk of losing political office.
A possible “Grexit” would be more likely to lower rather than raise the political incentives for other European governments to follow.
Zambia’s success in building its food processing sector depends on tapping into procurement strategies of retail chains such as Shoprite.
Zambia's drive to build its industrial capabilities has made steady progress. But it runs up against the history of economies that are dominated by mineral resources and landlocked countries.
A little too strong?
Theresa May's latest extremism bill means citizens can be punished even before they commit a crime.
Is justice being done?
Men are still getting away with blaming jealousy for killing women.
François Hollande and education minister, Najat Vallaud-Belkacem (right), have come under fire.
A chorus of teachers, unions and French intellectuals have criticised reforms in lower secondary school.
Weaker than he seems.
Putin is superficially more popular than ever, but his extravagantly militaristic policy and Russia's economic isolation mean he's walking a tightrope.
Labour shouldn’t lurch back to the Blairite camp.
The centrist strategy that worked for New Labour won't work for the party going forward.