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The Nairobi-Thika highway is being built by China Wuyi, Sinohydro and Shengeli Engineering Construction, and is funded by Kenya, China and the African Development Bank. Reuters/Thomas Mukoya

Chinese investment: why the buck stops with African governments

China offers an alternative to traditional donors and investors in low- and middle-income countries. Adding to its appeal is its focus on infrastructure projects.
Distance learning is one way for Ghanaian entrepreneurs like Sena Ahadji to earn degrees without giving up their work. Francis Kokoroko/Reuters

How Ghana’s universities are trying to open the doors of learning

Ghana's universities are working hard to bring in more students – including those who can't afford to study full time and want good quality distance learning options.
Projects are underway to address sustainable energy transitions in cities like Uganda’s Kasese. James Akena/Reuters

Smaller African cities need sustainable energy intervention

Sustainable energy is crucial for smaller African cities which are generally overlooked. These cities receive much less research and funding focus.
Post-election violence in Kenya in January 2008. The country was forewarned in its peer review report that trouble was brewing, but took no action. EPA

Why Africa is losing out by letting the peer review process collapse

The African Peer Review Mechanism has made a difference since it was started in 2003. There are multiple examples of reforms that have been introduced as a result. All have gone unnoticed.
King Mswati III, centre, with his regiments at Ludzidzini royal palace during the annual Reed Dance in August. Swaziland ranks among the worst in Africa for its level of democracy. Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko

African democracy update: satisfaction remains elusive for many

Satisfaction with democracy varies widely in Africa. Across 28 countries, only 46% of citizens say they are “very satisfied” or “fairly satisfied” with the way democracy works in their countries.
‘Beginning and Ending’, a sculpture by David Hlongwane, stands at the entrance to the University of the Western Cape. University of the Western Cape media office

There’s a new mood of determination in Africa’s universities

More and more African universities are realigning themselves to tackle their countries' societal and economic problems.
Prospective students storm the gates at the University of Johannesburg in 2012. The demand for universities is soaring across Africa. Adrian de Kock/EPA

Private universities in Africa are missing a trick

Africa needs private universities. But far more must be done to make them powerhouses of knowledge, research and graduate output.
Ghana’s education system has been slammed in a new global report. Could making schools more culturally savvy fix the problem? Nic Bothma/EPA

Respecting culture could fix Ghana schools’ problems

Critics of Ghana's education system suggest that making local cultural values a fundamental part of the education system will create a happier, more harmonious society.
Senior Queensland Police at the 2014 launch of the Stay on Track Outback road safety project, sponsored by Santos, Izuzu and others. Queensland Police Service

Australian police tread a thin blue line on corporate sponsors

The Queensland Police will now disclose all sponsorships, after a backlash over almost A$700,000 in unnamed donations. But what are the lessons from elsewhere about police and corporate donors?

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