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Khayelitsha in Cape Town, South Africa. The country can’t afford to be distracted from problems of poverty, inequality and joblessness. EPA/Nic Bothma

South Africa must harness technology in a way that helps fix its problems

The ideas about the Fourth Industrial Revolution being punted by the World Economic Forum will fail to contribute to economic growth and job creation, and will amplify existing inequalities.
Young people are balancing several responsibilities - they’re school-goers, job seekers or employees, caregivers, friends and community members.  Shutterstock

Young South Africans upbeat despite broken promises and poor odds

Although cynical about today's political leaders, the views of young South Africans are surprisingly similar to those of the mid-1990s.
On Akure’s edges, which used to be mainly farmland, buildings are taking over. Author supplied

Nigeria’s Akure is a good example of how not to build a city

City officials have not considered how approaches like mixed-use developments closer to the city centre might alleviate the housing shortage as well as protect Akure's green spaces.
Judges in the courtroom prior to the the sentencing of Jean-Pierre Bemba at in the International Criminal Court in The Hague Robin van Lonkhuijsen/EPA

Why a regional criminal court for Africa is a good idea

The AU's new International Criminal Law Section offers a chance for the regional body to address root causes of conflict.
Informal food trade represents a critical source of employment and food security for the urban poor. Nic Bothma/EPA

Informal traders in African cities are being used as political pawns

By better understanding the politics and governance of African cities and variations across cities, we can identify feasible opportunities to improve informal traders' livelihoods.
The flag of Western Sahara is displayed during a march outside the Moroccan embassy in Madrid, Spain. EPA-EFE/LUCA PIERGIOVANNI

Morocco and Western Sahara: a decades-long war of attrition

At first glance, it would seem like nothing has changed since 1991. Yet, things have been slowly and discreetly evolving in recent years at Morocco's behest.

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