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Ederies Samodien offers a child apples at a shack settlement as part of a poverty relief effort in Cape Town. Almost 56% of South Africans live in poverty. EFE-EPA/Nic Bothma

What can be done to tackle the systemic causes of poverty in South Africa

There’s a crucial need to connect the most vulnerable people with public services in order to tackle systemic poverty and disadvantage. An integrated approach is key.
Liberia and Sierra Leone actively sought international aid to combat Ebola in 2014, Guinea downplayed the extent of the deadly disease. EFE-EPA/Ahmed Jallanzo

Papers show what lay behind Condé regime’s Ebola denialism in Guinea

President Alpha Condé’s pursuit of mining interests during the Ebola crisis may have foreshadowed his demise as he tightened his grip over power and plundered the state’s wealth.
A makeshift memorial for the Indigenous children who died more than a century ago while attending a boarding school, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan, File

‘Truth and Healing Commission’ could help Native American communities traumatized by government-run boarding schools that tried to destroy Indian culture

For Indigenous Peoples Day, a scholar of Native American studies explains why understanding the tragic history of Indian boarding schools is important for healing to take place.
Rising global temperatures are increasing heat risks for outdoor workers and the urban poor. Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP via Getty Images

Dangerous urban heat exposure has tripled since the 1980s, with the poor most at risk

Hot, humid population centers are becoming epicenters of heat risk as climate changes worsens. It’s calling into question the conventional wisdom that urbanization uniformly reduces poverty.
State-owned enterprises, such as Transnet, which runs South Africa’s ports, loom large over the economy. Getty Images

Corruption in state-owned companies hurts low skilled workers the most: we show how

Corruption and fraud make a few rich households richer. But the already poor and low-skilled lose their jobs and become poorer.
ECOWAS is effectively protecting ousted president Alpha Condé, who manipulated the constitution to run for another term. Cellou Binani/AFP via Getty Images

Guinea coup highlights the weaknesses of West Africa’s regional body

If the Economic Community of West African States is to be a champion for good governance, it should address the root causes of political instability and coups.
Young people living in urban informal settlement are exposed to high levels of violence and poverty. Darren Stewart/Gallo Images via Getty Images

How poverty and violence are linked with anxiety in young South Africans

Young people living in the challenging contexts of urban informal settlements may be more at risk of experiencing generalised anxiety disorder.
Residents clean up the streets and local businesses after looting incidents in Alexandra, Johannesburg. EFE-EPA/Kim Ludbrook

What lies behind social unrest in South Africa, and what might be done about it

Much of the commentary on the July riots, which cost over 300 lives and billions of rands in damage to the economy, has neglected the long history of violent protests in the country.
An unemployed man collects trash for resale in Diepsloot Johannesburg. Calls are growing for a basic income grant for poor South Africans. EFE-EPA/Kim Ludbrook

South Africa’s basic income versus jobs debate: a false dilemma

Basic income must be embedded within a broader strategy of economic reform, aimed at increasing the social wage and improving working conditions.

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