Sub-Saharan Africa

Ethiopia: East Africa's new economic power

Ethiopia's economy is growing so rapidly it may soon replace Kenya as the largest economic power in the region. But a large number of people in the …

Africa

'Buzzfeed of Africa' OMG Digital Attracts International Investors With $1.1M Seed Fundraise

Whilst many ask where the future of global publishing is headed, it seems that a team of young Ghanaians are providing some of the answers, notably for Africa, thanks to their local digital platforms aimed squarely at millennials under the OMG Voice brand.<p>The brainchild of Jesse Arhin Ghansah, …

Digital Media

Africa facing shortfall of 50 million jobs by 2040, report says

Unemployment crisis will ravage the continent if it doesn’t opt for market-based development, according to report by Tony Blair’s Institute<p>Parts of Africa could face a massive unemployment crisis by 2040, with “catastrophic” consequences for the global economy, new research has found.<p>The report …

Geography

InfoMigrants: weekly newsletter

InfoMigrants offers content about refugees for refugees. Are you interested in receiving regular updates? Sign up here for a weekly …

World News

Significant Digits For Monday, June 26, 2017

<i>You’re reading Significant Digits, a daily digest of the numbers tucked inside the news.</i><p>22 U.S. House seats<p>An Associated Press study of U.S. House …

New York Times

Yes, microlending reduces extreme poverty

A small boost in microlending to the developing world could lift more than 10.5 million people out of extreme poverty. That’s one conclusion of my …

Poverty

A new wireless tower network grows in Africa as YC alum Tizeti raises $2.1 million

Wireless networking may be getting a high-speed boost across Nigeria as Y Combinator alumnus Tizeti looks to expand in the region.<p>The company has raised $2.1 million in new financing from a slew of African and American venture firms to continue its expansion through Lagos and across Southern …

Wi-Fi

Climate Change Could Bring Malaria Risk to Highlands

Ethiopia’s highlands traditionally have a built-in protection for the people who live there. The elevation and the cool temperatures have meant that …

Climate Change

World Poverty Could Be Cut in Half if All Adults Completed Secondary Education

<b>New data on out-of-school children and youth</b><p>A new policy paper released jointly by the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) and the Global Education …

Education

Snakebites Make The List Of 'Neglected Tropical Diseases'

Snakebites kill more than 100,000 people per year, the World Health Organization estimates. The organization recently took a step to reduce that number by adding venomous snake bites to its list of neglected tropical diseases – a classification that could help get more resources allocated to …

Public Health

The Perfect Summer Hats for Men - Bloomberg

The heat, the glare, the dermatologist’s admonishments regarding melanoma. Whatever the reason, in summer, your head wants a hat.<p>Yet it may be having …

Rowing

Spain rescues 224 migrants from 5 boats in Mediterranean

Spain's maritime rescue service says it has rescued 224 migrants from five different boats trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea.<p>The rescue service …

Migration

How much money MultiChoice makes per DStv subscriber

Naspers has revealed how much money it makes per DStv subscriber.

News (South Africa)

World: Integrating HIV services with other health services to improve care, retention and adherence

Source: International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie)Country: World<b><br>Summary</b>Although HIV testing, care and treatment coverage have been …

Research

This Outdoor-Gear-For-Good Company Proves You Can Be A Benefit Corporation From Day One

“If there’s an investor that won’t invest in me because I founded a benefit corporation, that’s not the right investor for us.”<p>Davis Smith knows what he’s doing when it comes to e-commerce. A 38-year-old serial entrepreneur, he founded, and later sold, an online pool table retailer straight out of …

Sustainability

Migrants return to Calais, despite ‘inhuman’ conditions

Eight months after France’s notorious “Jungle” camp in Calais was dismantled, migrants desperate to make it to Britain are once again flocking to the northern port town. But this time, they do not even have the basics such as water or tents.<p>On Friday, France’s new Interior Minister Gérard Collomb …

Refugees

I loved traveling abroad, and he would follow. But how far was too far?

“Let’s go to Mongolia,” I texted my boyfriend, Michael. I was leaving in three weeks.<p>“I thought you wanted to go alone.”<p>I did.<p>A friend had arranged a cultural exchange between an American and Mongolian ballet company. A dance and travel enthusiast, I decided to attend the performance in …

Travel

What will it take to bridge Africa's digital divide?

The digital divide —the gulf between those who have ready access to information and communication technologies (ICTs) such as computers and the internet and those who do not — does exist in Kenya and many parts of Africa.<p>I got this key message during a media day in Kenya last week (16 June 2017) …

Innovation

Work begins on the tallest skyscraper in Africa

<b>(CNN) —</b> The mighty peaks of Kilimanjaro and Kenya are the highest points in Africa, towering over the East Coast nations.<p>The mountains will soon be sharing a skyline with a man-made behemoth named simply: "The Pinnacle."<p>Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta recently laid the foundation stone for what …

Africa

The Soccer Academies Preparing African Children for Division I Competition

A rising number of academies are opening across the continent with the goal of giving children a better education on the way to a better life.<p>Ema Twumasi’s first ever collegiate goal was a spectacular bicycle kick against California Polytechnic State University in August 2016. The 19-year-old …

Education

Canada offers places for addicts to shoot up safely. Can the US copy the model?

North America’s first supervised injection clinic opened in Vancouver in 2003, and now several US cities are hoping to emulate its success in saving lives<p>Whenever Dean Wilson walks people through Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside neighbourhood, he leads them past an unassuming glass door on Hastings …

Canadian News

French farmer detained again for helping migrants

AFP<p>Nice (France) (AFP) - A French farmer who became a symbol of the migrant crisis for helping Africans sneak across the border from Italy has been …

Refugees

Invasive species have a massive impact, but wise policy can keep them out

<i>This article is the second in a series The Conversation Africa is running on invasive species</i><p>Invasive alien species harm ecosystems, economies and …

Ecology

African School works to develop local expertise

Last Feremenga was born in a small town in Zimbabwe. As a high school student in a specialized school in the capital, Harare, he was drawn to the …

Africa

World population to hit 8bn in 2023, says new UN survey

New findings show more men than women and that there will be 1bn over-60s next year for the first time<p>The world’s population will break through the 8 billion mark in 2023, there are more men than women, and next year the number of over 60s will top 1 billion for the first time, according to the …

Population

Why ‘every person on the planet’ will need a digital ID

Living in the United States, in a land of (generally) functional government services, we take an awful lot for granted. We expect to be able to board a plane, provide a copy of a driver’s license or employee ID to get into a building, and pay with a credit card. All day, every day, we expect people …

Innovation

The World’s Most Powerful Women: June 23

The sexual harassment and discrimination that women in India often face has been well documented in this newsletter. Their ill treatment stems from …

Women's News

Go Stand in the Corner, and Other News

• Prepositions matter. If you’re standing <i>on</i> the corner, you could be having the time of your life; if you’re standing <i>in</i> the corner, you’re probably not having much fun at all. The corner of a room is a site of inwardness and anxiety, a repository for social insecurities. It’s also just not very …

H.P. Lovecraft

Number of People in the World to Rise to 8 Billion by 2023, U.N. Says

Africa is expected to have the most population growth through 2050.

Population

Student Activists Hurt the Workers They Try to Help

Chelsea FollettDuring the student activity fair for freshmen, you may have noticed organizations like United Students Against Sweatshops urging you …

Social Justice