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Leaders like Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza, captured here playing football while his country is engulfed in turmoil, need to keep their eye on the ball and communicate effectively during times of crisis. Reuters/Goran Tomasevic

Why African leaders need to learn better communication skills

Rather than viewing the media as enemies, African leaders should take a leaf from some Western politicians' books and consider journalists as potential allies.
African nations can look to Nigeria and Tanzania for recent examples of smart policies that boost the middle class. Flag map via www.shutterstock.com

Africa’s destiny depends on building a vibrant middle class

Some countries in Africa have made great strides bolstering the middle class by supporting small businesses, but more needs to be done. 

The Conversation launches into Africa

In May this year The Conversation Africa will launch from a base in Johannesburg. TC-Africa will be the fourth TC edition to launch after Australia in 2011, UK (2013), and US (2014).
Fulani of northern Nigeria: well aware of the problem. Fulani by Attila Jandi/Shutterstock

Fake animal drugs threaten African livestock and livelihoods

For millions of livestock owners across Africa, a disease in the herd can mean hardship or even ruin. Access to effective veterinary treatment is therefore essential for many people’s livelihoods. Many…

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