Opinion & Analysis

Jan 17, 2018
Official reactions from Africa were appropriately critical of President Donald Trump’s credibly reported comments about not wanting more immigrants coming to the US from “shithole” countries. This included all those…
Jan 12, 2018
Recent research suggests that married women are more likely to be successful entrepreneurs than single women. The assumption is that, because married women – or women with partners – have…
Jan 10, 2018
Despite around US$34 billion in funding and numerous microfinance initiatives to help entrepreneurs in the world’s poorest countries, informal moneylenders and predatory loan sharks continue to thrive. Designed to help…
Jan 07, 2018
Levels of armed conflict flux and wane. In 2017, levels of high fatality violence in Africa were significantly lower than during the immediate post-Cold War period. This trend has occurred…
Jan 06, 2018
Ghanaians are flocking to the courts at a much higher rate than before. Invariably this has put pressure on the civil litigation system; cases are being stretched and delayed. The…
Jan 05, 2018
Are you familiar with the feeling? Your heart pounds, your mouth feels dry and you start sweating. In an air-conditioned room! The MC has just announced your name and the…
Jan 03, 2018
By John P. Frinjuah and Josephine Appiah-Nyamekye Corruption is a wicked problem that permeates every fabric of Ghanaian society, especially the public sector. Over the years, Ghana has fared dismally…
Jan 02, 2018
Zimbabwe’s new President Emmerson Mnangagwa has been cautiously welcomed with the hope that he will place Zimbabwe on a more democratic trajectory. He has spoken of a new democracy “unfolding”…
Dec 24, 2017
US President Donald Trump’s norm-breaking campaign and early reign has been compared to several other divisive historical figures, especially previous American presidents. But when it comes to the style in…
Dec 21, 2017
South Africa’s governing party, the African National Congress (ANC), has a new president – Cyril Ramaphosa. But who is he? Ramaphosa cuts a fitting figure to take over government, stabilise…
Dec 20, 2017
Ethiopia’s youth has come under the spotlight recently for their role in a political protest that is seen to be threatening stability. But Ethiopia’s youth bulge doesn’t need to be…
Dec 16, 2017
The suspense is tangible as the African National Congress (ANC) – South Africa’s former liberation movement that’s turned into a tired governing party – approaches its fiercely contested 2017 elective…
Dec 20, 2017
At Barclays Africa, an AI system, reminiscent of Apple’s intelligent personal assistant, Siri, is being created to assist with customer queries. Ripple, a San Francisco-based technology firm, provides global financial-settlement…
Dec 14, 2017
South Africans are fond of debating whether public or private sector failings are the bigger problem. It does not take too long to realise that they are really talking about…

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