As the U.S. Fortune 500 and U.S. private equity are set to turn its corporate gaze toward Africa, it has the chance to learn from previous investment attempts and promote this new model of interaction on the African continent.
his is a historic week for the United States and Africa. For the first time ever, leaders from African nations have gathered in Washington, D.C., for a groundbreaking U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit.
On June 1, 2014, at Ycenter, we saw six projects developed by university students in 48 hours, each of them with a potential to solve problems for communities in Africa and impact millions of lives.
This is where President Obama and his advisers have got it wrong -- the future of Africa should not be sold to the highest bidder.
The reemergence of unconditional solidarity among Africa's incumbent leaders is threatening respect for human rights and good governance throughout the continent.
Authoritarian leaders now prefer to quietly manipulate their countries' legal frameworks, silencing dissent and limiting civil liberties to ensure that they remain in office. This rule by law has supplanted rule of law in many African countries, with troubling consequences for democracy.
The neglect of menstruation and its implications for the dignity, health and safety of women is increasingly well documented and urgently needs attention.
There is no question that Africa faces many serious issues on the road to development. But a new reality is emerging. It is time for perceptions to change as well.
In 2012, the Obama administration issued a US strategy toward sub-Saharan Africa with a stated objective to promote and protect "human rights, civil society and independent media" as an integral part in strengthening democratic institutions on the African continent.
Lack of access to safe, reliable, affordable energy has a deep impact on people's lives and on a country's ability to sustain real economic growth. That's why, for millions of people living in extreme poverty across the continent of Africa, the solution can begin with a connection to electricity.
There is certainly no basis for either fear of, or opposition to, the on-going treatment of an infected American doctor in Atlanta. We may instead all be thankful that in return for the courageous service he was providing in Liberia, Dr. Brantly is now receiving an American standard of medical care himself.
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