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5 Reasons To Be 'Cautiously Optimistic' About Africa

World Economic Forum | Posted 01.22.2015 | Impact

It is impossible not to have strong views when it comes to the debate on Africa’s rise: despite solid economic growth and progress in poverty allevi...

US-Africa Relationship, Key Elements Following Historic US-Africa Summit

Amb. Robin Renee Sanders | Posted 01.05.2015 | World
Amb. Robin Renee Sanders

Today's global landscape is much, much different than it was 5 years ago, or even earlier this year with the surge of the Islamic State, wrath of Nigeria's Boko Haram, Crimea's annexation, and continuing Syrian and Libyan conflicts.

Africa Is on the Rise, Despite What Images of Ebola Might Lead You to Believe

Madelynne Wager | Posted 12.23.2014 | World
Madelynne Wager

Ebola's morbidity highlights these weaknesses and censors the great progress of African development by resurfacing images of dying Africans. But the world should not be fooled -- Africa is rising.

The Worst Economies In The World

24/7 Wall St. | Thomas C. Frohlich | Posted 09.13.2014 | Business

After sliding for four consecutive years, the United States moved up two places for the second year in a row in the World Economic Forum’s competiti...

Paving the Way for Africa's High-Tech Agricultural Revolution

Jean-Claude Bastos de Morais | Posted 11.02.2014 | Business
Jean-Claude Bastos de Morais

Africa has the potential not only to feed its own people, but also to ensure food security around the world. A new era is unfolding in Africa's agricultural sector. Driving this change is innovation, led by Africans themselves.

It's Time for the Real Africa to Stand Up

Elsie Kanza | Posted 07.07.2014 | World
Elsie Kanza

Africa is a region brimming with promise. Economies are expanding faster than anywhere outside Asia, trade is flourishing -- even within its own borders, investment interest is unprecedented.

Ascending Africa: Women And Youth Are Our Assets

Pres. Paul Kagame | Posted 11.26.2014 | World
Pres. Paul Kagame

Many countries in Africa still have very low broadband penetration rates of 5 per cent, with only 13 per cent of people having internet access. Quite simply, we cannot afford to be at this level.

Increasing U.S. Investments in Advanced Education and Professional Training to Build Skilled African Workforce

Amini Kajunju | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Amini Kajunju

Advanced education and professional development training programs are needed more than ever. Africa is a youthful continent with stats showing that one in three Africans is between the ages 10 and 24. Young people in Africa make up nearly 40 percent of the working-age population, yet 60 percent are unemployed.

Africa, the Next Asia?

Borge Brende | Posted 08.19.2013 | Impact
Borge Brende

The era of pessimism is over in Africa. In eight of the last 10 years, the African "lion" economies have grown faster than even the Asian "tigers." But if this growth is not invested in human capital and diversifying economies, there is a risk that Africa will once again be known as the lost continent.

Rifts in Africa's 'Rising' Narrative

Obadias Ndaba | Posted 08.06.2013 | World
Obadias Ndaba

No question that some good stuff is happening in Africa, but the story does not end there. There is the other side. Africa is growing but its growth seems to be leaving people behind.

Africa's Economic Growth To Outpace Global Average

Reuters | Posted 06.15.2013 | Impact

* Region's average growth seen accelerating to over 5 pct * African poverty coming down, but more action needed * Invest...

Hotspot or Hotbed? A Tale of Two Africas

Robert_Nolan | Posted 04.30.2013 | World
Robert_Nolan

Will the long-term opportunity to engage Africa more deeply in terms of trade and investment be trumped by security initiatives? The answer is likely yes. And that's not good for the U.S. or Africa.

The Logic of Capitalizing from Regional Economic Integration in Africa

Manisha Dookhony | Posted 02.17.2013 | World
Manisha Dookhony

The success of one nation depends on the success of its neighbors. It happened in Asia, now we are seeing this in the Eastern African region.

13 Ways Africa Is Changing

Stephen Ellis | Posted 07.03.2012 | Books
Stephen Ellis

In the USA and Europe, people are having difficulty grasping Africa's new dynamism. It doesn't fit with standard images of a continent of war and misery. The intelligent procedure, of course, should be to rethink our mental map, not to turn away from the reality.

Who Will Be Africa's Brazil?

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 05.21.2012 | World
Marcelo Giugale

The Brazilian "model" is one of balance -- between economic discipline and social solidarity, efficiency and equity, markets and people. That's worth imitating in Africa.

The Value, Role, & Impact of Public-Private Partnerships for Africa's Development

Amb. Robin Renee Sanders | Posted 05.06.2012 | World
Amb. Robin Renee Sanders

What is a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) and what value does this development paradigm have for Africa?

Africa Not Fit For Print; The 'Light' Side Of The 'Dark' Continent

Jonathan Kalan | Posted 03.13.2012 | Good News
Jonathan Kalan

America views Africa through nonprofits and disaster-craven media, while America through the glorified prism of the culture we export around the world. Jersey Shore isn't all of America. And Darfur isn't all of Africa.

Africa's Emergence (Part 1)

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 11.08.2011 | World
Marcelo Giugale

Ten years from now, you will regret not having bought property in Accra, Cape Town or Nairobi today. Sub-Saharan Africa -- "Africa," for short -- is about to emerge.

Justice, Stability and Prosperity: Building Fair Legal Systems for Africa

Cherie Blair | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Cherie Blair

The rule of law is the cornerstone of a properly functioning society. Where this trust has broken down, as it has in African countries recovering from conflict, the problems are many and serious.

Lions, Cheetahs and More: The Potential for Doing Business in Africa

Vijaya Ramachandran | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Vijaya Ramachandran

Throughout Africa, government policies to improve macroeconomic conditions, end conflict, and create better business environments have had a significant impact in the region.

Broadband In Tanzania Opens East Africa To Outsourcing Possibilities

Global Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Eamon Kircher-Allen | GlobalPost DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania -- Ramadhan Mubarak shook his head as he gestured to his six forlorn PCs. "I believe that...

Obama's Victory Shames Africa

George Ayittey | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
George Ayittey

"No African head of state should be in power for more than 10 years," declared President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda in 1986. He is still president.

Reshaping U.S. Military Policy in Africa

Ken Bacon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ken Bacon

Pentagon programs in Africa fund immediate, short-term security programs rather than the broader U.S. commitment to aid the growth of prosperous, stable countries.