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Hackers can disrupt local government services, like this library in Willmar, Texas. The town suffered a cyberattack in August 2019. AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez

Local governments are attractive targets for hackers and are ill-prepared

With Russia poised to launch cyberattacks on US targets, many local governments find themselves without the staff or resources to even recognize when they’re under attack.
The Lagos State government recently approved some private health facilities to administer COVID-19 vaccines in the state. Olukayode Jaiyeola/NurPhoto via Getty Images

How the private sector can boost COVID vaccination in Nigeria

Properly engaged and monitored, Nigeria’s private sector can do more in COVID vaccination exercise.
Congress workers in Beawar burn effigy of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on January 29 2021 during a protest against the government’s farming reforms measures and riots. Pacific Press Media Production Corp./Alamy Stock Photo

Why Indian farmers are so angry about the Modi government’s agricultural reforms

While new Indian agricultural reforms are ostensibly aimed at empowering farmers, there are fears they will have the opposite effect. Here’s why.
South Africa’s government is trying to approach student funding differently. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

South Africa’s student funding scheme should be strengthened

The ministerial task team’s report presents a jaundiced view of an important organisation that’s opened the doors of higher education to many who would otherwise have been closed out.
South Africa’s Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan’s budget fell short on cost-cutting details. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

South Africa’s 2016 budget: long on promise but short on detail

The budget showed some sense of urgency but still fell short on implementation plans. There should have been more, particularly details on cost-cutting initiatives.

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