World Bank President Jim Yong Kim speaks during the Milken Institute Global Conference in the US.
The World Bank has changed direction. It won't be giving up on public funding, but it will increasingly be trying to attract private investors to developing countries.
Kenya abolished primary school fees in January 2003.
Kenyans should be demanding to know if the country is ready or able to offer free secondary education given past failures.
Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown citing cost as a reason to stop the last phase of renewables.
Eskom's stand threatens the viability of the entire renewable energy sector in South Africa, something which plays into the hands of those pro coal and nuclear.
Reserve Bank Governor Lesetja Kganyago. The role of South Africa’s central bank is at the centre of a heated debate.
A financial system that is sure to collapse if the central bank cares about people’s well-being goes against democratic principle.
Sometimes people like poetic justice because the law is not in a position to mete out what is deserved.
Patrice Lumumba: 1925 - 1961.
Patrice Lumumba had a vision for the DRC. He believed that a lasting peace could be achieved through good will, not rifles and bayonets. The great man's vision now lies in tatters.
Children marching on the
anniversary of the Soweto uprising.
It's time South Africa stopped stereotyping its young people as being disinterested and morally bankrupt and started engaging them.
Women make up a large portion of South Africa’s public works programme.
South Africa's public works programme is a laudable idea. But it must be closely monitored to make sure it doesn't lead to unintended consequences, especially for women.
A protester calling for President Jacob Zuma’s removal.
The misfortunes experienced by Brian Molefe, the CEO of South Africa's power utility Eskom, shows that the battle for the country's public purse is not a one way bet.
The southern African region can benefit from beneficiating produce like sugar.
The Southern African Development Community (SADC) roadmap towards greater regional trade integration and development is a good start but lacks detail.
Ancient Greek philosopher Socrates is famous for having been called wise in part because he wouldn’t label himself wise.
It is a tall order to try to become wise. And the bad news is that it appears harder than many philosophers have thought.
Protests over housing at, an informal settlement near Johannesburg.
Recent events suggest that South Africa's government may be resorting to short-term measures to pacify anger over lack of housing. But what's needed is a major overhaul of the housing policy.
People with albinism often isolate themselves to avoid discrimination.
People with albinism tend to identify with the black rather than the white community. Their physical differences, though, mean they don't fit into either race group.
There are many different ways to approach the thorny issue of decolonising knowledge.
Critical decolonisation means accepting risk of error. It means considering whether indigenous knowledge systems might contain truths that western science hasn't accessed.
Cycle lanes work in Florence, Italy. That doesn’t mean they’ll work everywhere.
Successful policy interventions, especially those in the social realm influenced by the vagaries of human behaviour, don’t seem to travel well.
When academics are pushed to publish and to compete, teaching and research can take a back seat.
More must be done to develop mechanisms based on intrinsic motivations of committed, quality academics. It's important to limit the harms currently being caused by rent seeking.
The best sort of life would include both happiness and meaningfulness. Although one sometimes has to choose between these two values, one ought to strive for a life in which there's plenty of both.
Manifestations antigouvernementales à Pretoria début avril 2017.
Si le gouvernement sud-africain n’entend pas renoncer au déploiement du nucléaire dans le pays, ses chances d’y parvenir sont sérieusement diminuées.
A woman leaves a polling station after casting her vote during the 2013 Kenyan elections.
Kenya's progressive 2010 Constitution brought improved women's representation in Parliament and public life. But historical prejudices remain, always more intensely apparent during elections.
South Africa’s power utility, Eskom, desperately needs a tariff hike.
South Africa's power utility Eskom wants regulatory reporting requirements waived. The country's regulator faces possible court action if it agrees.