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The African continent is embracing technology in varying degrees. Swimmers use a selfie stick to take a picture of themselves in shallow waters of the River Nile outside Khartoum, Sudan. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah

What the science and technology index tells us about development in Africa

Science and technology is seen as a key driver of a nation's economic fortunes. How is the African continent faring a decade after the first major global survey on countries' performance?
South African exports to the rest of the continent have more than doubled over the past 20 years. This has been driven by agricultural products, including maize. Shutterstock

Why Africa offers growing opportunities for agricultural products

The demand for agricultural products in Africa is expected to rise over the next 35 years due to factors such as population growth, urbanisation, economic growth and changing diets.
Trade among African countries is the lowest globally as barriers to the easy movement of goods across borders remain. Reuters/James Akena

What African countries must do to boost trade among themselves

Sub-Saharan African countries have the lowest trade among themselves compared with other regions. This is why there has been a major focus on reducing red tape and other non-tariff trade barriers
Remittance recipients whose priority is the socioeconomic improvements of their lives were found to be less engaged with democratic processes. Reuters/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah

Towards another resource curse? Remittances and support for democracy in Africa

Remittances may hinder the development of democracy in sub-Saharan Africa. A lot depends on whether recipients value rights and freedom much more than improving their standard of living.
South African Reserve Bank Governor Lesetja Kganyago is the third since the bank adopted a more transparent way of operating. Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko

Clearing up the mystique of central banking

The South African Reserve Bank is a fine example of clear communication of the decision whether to hold, increase, or decrease interest rates. It also gives clear signals of future decisions.
Nigerian youth celebrate presidential candidate Muhammadu Buhari’s victory. Youth unemployment will continue to threaten the continent’s growth. Reuters/Goran Tomasevic

Renaissance or mirage: can Africa sustain its growth?

How realistic are expectations about Africa’s economic prospects? There are several reasons why we should be both optimistic and cautious about the continent's future economic performance.
Using urban space for food production makes food easier to transport, not to mention cheaper. littleny/Shutterstock.com

The ‘simple life’ manifesto and how it could save us

The aftermath of Christmas is a good time to think about where consumer-capitalism is getting us. The sad fact is that, with these values, our society can never be ecologically sustainable or just. Accelerating…

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