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Mascherano: Benitez saved my career

The Argentine star has nothing but fond memories of his former boss, who signed him for Liverpool in 2007 after an underwhelming spell at West Ham<p>Barcelona defender Javier Mascherano has expressed his gratitude to Rafa Benitez and feels the Real Madrid coach saved his career.<p>The Argentina …

Soccer

How China is educating Africa – and what it means for the west

In an extract from a new book, China's aspirational approach to education and investment in Africa is distinguished from the west's focus on basic needs<p>The <i>da xue</i> (Mandarin: the big study, or the big reading) or <i>dai ho</i>(<i>k</i>) (Cantonese: the big learning) are Chinese terms for a university. In the …

This is Africa – A global perspective on African business and politics

This is Africa has now closed. We will continue to provide coverage on Africa in The Banker and via our fDi Intelligence portfolio. You can register …

How mobile phones are making cash obsolete in Africa

When he rolls into a gas station to fill his tank, Barkhad Dahir doesn't get out of his car. He punches a few buttons on his cellphone and within seconds he has paid for the fuel.<p>With the same quick keystrokes on his phone, he pays for virtually everything he needs: groceries at the supermarket, a …

Africa

Corruption in Africa, corruption in Canada: Different scale, same problem

The trip to East Africa with an attempt to climb Mount Kilimanjaro was a check off my bucket list. But the professional lessons I learned from that trip were also an important addition to my list of insights. Everyone we encountered was fatalistic about the depth of corruption that is suffocating …

Canada

Ghana's Gold-Mine Arrest, China's Latest Headache in Africa

The recent arrest of 120 Chinese miners raises uncomfortable questions about the country's economic strategy in Africa.<p>In March 2013, Xi Jinping visited three African countries -- Tanzania, South Africa, and Republic of the Congo -- during his first trip abroad as the President of China. In 2012 …

This hot information tool for Africa failed to inform voters before Zimbabwe’s elections

When Zimbabwe’s tyrant-cum-president Robert Mugabe last month announced a presidential election date of July 31, there were brief sparks of hope that this set of elections might just be different, thanks to a new tool promising to broadcast information not controlled by the government. Media …

Africa

Border crossing in Africa | Sophie's World Travel Inspiration

Crossing borders in Africa can be difficult, next to impossible – or easy as pie. Senegal was in the latter category. Back in 1996, at least.<p>I spent …

Africa

What is it like to live without food or water in Africa

I spent over two years living and working in Africa. I’ve not written much about it here; as at the time lack of electricity and the internet made it …

Niger Delta

Powering Africa: The Hope and the Promise

<i>"Access to electricity is fundamental to opportunity in this age. It's the light that children study by; the energy that allows an idea to be transformed into a real business. It's the lifeline for families to meet their most basic needs. And it's the connection that's needed to plug Africa into</i> …

Renewable Energy

What if Americans Only Had as Much Water as Families in Africa?

Wildlife & Wild Places<p>The average family in Africa gets by on only five gallons of water a day, according to this thought-provoking PSA video from bewaterwise.com, a project of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.<p>The average American family (directly) uses 552 gallons of water a …

Africa's rising population and youth unemployment challenge

In Kenya, a social enterprise is creating work for young people by training them to sell products their communities need – can the model be scaled up?<p>If young people are a gift to both their communities and the world, as Wangari Maathai suggested on receiving the Nobel peace prize in 2004, then …

The World's Population Is Changing

Africapitalism: a philosophy for sustainable business in Africa?

Economic philosophy calls for business to solve development challenges but its people must be at the centre of decisions<p>As with most developing economies and emerging markets, sustainable business is a hard sell in Africa – especially in sub-Saharan Africa. As an academic and practitioner in this …

Economics

Charmian Gooch: Meet global corruption's hidden players

Michael Green: Why we should build wooden skyscrapers

Tania Luna: How a penny made me feel like a millionaire

Saki Mafundikwa: Ingenuity and elegance in ancient African alphabets

Mystery of Cambridge mother and her link to Bo Xilai and the poisoned Briton

A villa run by a Chinese expat could be the unlikely key piece of evidence in the trial of a powerful Communist politician whose Old Harrovian business associate was murdered, writes Tom Phillips in Shanghai and Jasper Copping.<p>She is a working mother from Cambridge who regularly updates her blog …