Gabriele Giacalone

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'Scoring Africa' Infographic Compares the Development of Countries Across Africa

Africa accounts for 15% of the world’s population and 20% of its land mass – and despite its abundant natural resources it remains the poorest and …

Why China is making a big play to control Africa's media

When one of South Africa's biggest newspaper chains was sold last month, an odd name was buried in the list of new owners: China International Television Corp.<p>A major stake in a South African newspaper group might seem an unusual acquisition for Chinese state television, but it was no mystery to …

AFRICA INVESTMENT-In Africa growth story, don't forget the aid | Reuters

JOHANNESBURG, Sept 12 (Reuters) - Africa’s robust economic growth over the past decade has raised hopes the world’s poorest continent can reduce reliance on aid.<p>The problem with this scenario is its failure to consider the role aid may be playing in the “Africa Rising” narrative.<p>Looking for a link …

Foreign direct investment to Nigeria, S. Africa fell in 2012-UN | Reuters

JOHANNESBURG, June 26 (Reuters) - Africa was one of only two regions in the world to experience an increase in foreign direct investment in 2012 but inflows to regional giants Nigeria and South Africa declined, a United Nations report said on Wednesday.<p>While global FDI fell by 18 percent last year, …

On Donald Trump, Africa and Corruption

I have always been a big fan of Donald Trump, mostly because I like determined business people but also because I love disruptors, especially confident ones. I would always prefer to speak to a person who has an opinion that is different to mine rather than no opinion at all.<p>But Trump's love of …

Electrifying Africa... But at What Cost to Africans?

<i>Written with Emira Woods, IPS and Elizabeth Bast, Oil Change International</i><p><b>Two U.S. initiatives to provide Africans with electricity seem likely to lead to large, climate-polluting projects rather than the locally sourced renewable energy rural Africa needs.</b><p>As children throughout the United States …

Africa shouldn't take GM crops lightly, but neither can it ignore their potential

In the unlikely event that I had forgotten just how controversial and polarising genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are, the past few days would have provided a very sharp reminder. Last week, our organisation, the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (Agra), released a 204-page report …

How Kits Tucked Between Coca-Cola Bottles Are Saving Children In Africa

You can buy a bottle of Coca-Cola almost anywhere in the world – even in remote corners of developing countries.<p>But in these same hard-to-reach spots where people can quench their thirst, one in eight children die before turning five years old because they lack common medications.<p>In sub-Saharan …