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Opinion & Analysis

Aug 12, 2016
December 1900 marked the first ever “Christmas Bird Count”. Its aim was to get people counting bird species rather than killing them. It’s now an annual tradition. Every year on…
Aug 04, 2016
Analysts have celebrated July’s events in Zimbabwe as indications of a vibrant and social media-based new citizenry with possibilities of leading an African Spring. Like the Arab one, but successful.…
Aug 01, 2016
“Disproportionate incomes, lower saving for retirement and the fact that women live on average 5 years longer than men means that for every Rand saved for retirement, women will receive…
Jul 29, 2016
There is a growing body of international research that suggests that companies with gender-diverse boards are better corporate citizens. These companies comply with legislation and they also have initiatives in…
Jul 28, 2016
In the past few weeks protesters brought Beitbridge, the busiest inland border post in sub-Saharan Africa, to a standstill for several hours. The main concern was the banning of some…
Jul 27, 2016
South Africa’s Reserve Bank Governor Lesetja Kganyago has forecast zero percent growth for 2016, 1.5% in 2017 and 1.7% in 2018. This spells disaster for the country, particularly the unemployed.…
Jul 25, 2016
Panama Papers reveal dealmaker’s backstage maneuverings as he hung with celebrities and criminal investigators closed in In September 2015, Beyoncé sat on a yacht drinking sparkling wine with her legs…
Jul 25, 2016
Nearly ten years ago I confronted an expert about what she claimed was an “African phenomenon” in higher education. She was reluctant to provide me with the raw data upon…
Jul 20, 2016
In a petition signed by 150 NGOs, the Coalition for Human Rights in Development have called for development banks to make sure that human rights are respected by their beneficiaries.…
Jul 20, 2016
India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi concluded his five-day, four-nation tour of Africa on July 11. He spent two days in South Africa and made brief visits to Mozambique, Tanzania and…
Jul 19, 2016
Critics point out that ordinary people have not benefited from oil and gas exploitation in many African states. Billions of dollars in revenue have had little positive impact on the…
Jul 16, 2016
One of the most hotly debated topics in development economics is: what does it take to steer a poor country from Third World to First World status? Some countries in…
Jul 14, 2016
How can you have a currency crisis, when you don’t have a currency? A few years ago, after the hyperinflationary meltdown in 2008, Zimbabwe was in strong recovery mode. GDP…
Jul 14, 2016
Illegal fishing and its associated criminal activity at sea is an intractable and major international problem. It involves high-profile white-collar crime syndicates that move vast amounts of illegal fish and…

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