Sub-Saharan Africa

How the World Bank keeps poor nations poor

Its policy of eco-imperialism forces renewables on a reluctant but largely helpless developing world<p>What is the point of the World Bank? You probably think of it, if at all, as a benign institution, a kind of giant, multilateral aid agency, whose job it is to bring liquidity to developing nations …

World Bank

Russian Bitcoin Tycoon Expands Into Africa

Russia is striving to lead the global blockchain movement, with President Vladimir Putin even eyeing the creation of a national cryptocurrency.<p>But the real work to spur the world blockchain economy is being implemented far beyond the walls of the Kremlin by small groups of private software …

Bitcoin

'Unconscionable': 7,000 babies die daily despite record low for child mortality

Research shows that, despite ‘remarkable progress’ on child mortality, many of the 5.6 million deaths last year among children aged under five were preventable<p>The number of children who die before reaching their fifth birthday has fallen to an all-time low, yet children around the world continue to …

Population

Solar must lead ‘universal energy access’ by 2030, says IEA

A recent report released by the International Energy Agency (IEA) has stated that universal energy access is possible by 2030 and solar technology will be at the forefront of the effort. In order to reach near 99% of the global population having electricity, solar power microgrids and off-grid …

Renewable Energy

Driven to extremes: how poverty fuels extremism, and how to help Africa’s youth

<b>* Any views expressed in this article are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters Foundation.</b><p>Increasing inequality hinders economic growth and …

Geography

Youth Tackle Sex Taboos in Senegal

1<p>Senegal: Youth Tackle Sex Taboos in Bid to Boost Contraceptive Use<p>2<p>Senegal: Worldremit Partners With Wari To Offer Instant Money Transfers To Senegal<p>…

Africa

Poor Nations Have Hardest Time Ramping Up Food Production

Countries that are most in need of more food to feed their populations tend to be the ones where farmers have the hardest time expanding production. …

Africa:Rural-Urban Exodus Slowing Progress of Fight Against Hunger

Long seen as a getaway from poverty, rural-urban migration is now casting a shadow on the prospects of eradicating poverty and hunger in the world, …

Geography

Colonial borders still influence how academics write about Africa

Africa is not a country—but a continent with one billion people, living in 55 different countries, and speaking more than 2,000 languages.<p>Yet a relatively narrow coverage of Africa and its people exists not only in mainstream media, but as a new research paper shows, in academia as well. Virginia …

Africa

Bentley looks to target the rich in Kenya

individuals worth $30 million living in Nairobi has doubled between 2005 to 2015, helping Kenya gain ground in Sub-Saharan Africa's luxury car market

World News

7,000 Newborns Die Every Day, Despite Steady Decrease in Under-Five Mortality, New Report Says

<b>NEW YORK</b> (October 19, 2017) – Every day in 2016, 15,000 children died before their fifth birthday, 46 percent of them – or 7,000 babies – died in the …

UNICEF

The disruptive power of renewables

After years of hope and promise, renewables are beginning to establish a presence in the energy market free of the requirement for heavy subsidies or …

Renewable Energy

Vice Launches Full-Scale Operation in Sub-Saharan Africa

Vice Media and African telecom and pay-TV operator Econet have announced a new joint venture to fully launch Vice into Sub-Saharan Africa, following …

Africa

Nature

Ecology<p>Rise of plant-eating dinosaurs spread nutrients across the globe<p>Coal deposits show the importance of large animals’ faeces.<p>The rise of huge …

Biology

Hypertension and Diabetes 'Major Causes of Blindness'

Hypertension and Diabetes 'Major Causes of Blindness'During this year's World Sight Day which was organised by Ophthalmological Society of Nigeria, …

Diabetes

MICROmega shares jump after sale of subsidiary

MICROmega’s share price jumped more than 13% on Friday to close at R11.20 after the investment holding group announced the sale of subsidiary Nosa …

Business (South Africa)

Nigeria:Nigeria Won't Be Reckless With Foreign Borrowings - Adeosun

(Photo: World Bank)The Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, disclosed on Sunday that the Federal Government would not be reckless with foreign …

Economics

In Algeria, sub-Saharan migrants are scapegoats for politicians

<b>Since September, Algerian authorities have been arresting large numbers of migrants from sub-Saharan Africa. Numerous videos have emerged on social media showing how, after being arrested, the migrants are then transferred to detention camps in Algiers or brought to the southern town of</b> …

Africa

Mega-mergers will squeeze farmers, push up food prices, experts warn

If the world's major agriculture companies go ahead with planned mergers and gain greater control of the way food is produced, farmers will face higher costs and food will eventually become more expensive to buy, a panel of experts said on Friday.<p>Since 2015, several high-profile deals have come …

Agriculture

Bitcoin’s rise in African markets is driven by an old Russian ponzi scheme

“Welcome to the System! Together we will change the world!”<p>These are the words I found scrawled at the bottom of a web page, right next to a picture of Sergei Mavrodi, a convicted Russian fraudster infamous for operating Mavrodi Mundial Moneybox (or MMM), one of the world’s largest ponzi …

Bitcoin

Developing countries are facing a challenge: Keeping their phones charged

Of all the challenges in the developing world, who would have thought one of them would be finding a place to plug in a smartphone?<p>Nations like India, Nigeria and Bangladesh have an ever-increasing number of smartphone users, but often lack the power to keep devices charged. Phone owners have …

Developing Countries

Welcome to eco@africa

On this week's eco@africa, we talk to Malian farmers fighting back the desert, ask why one 11-year-old wants us to use less and see how eco sanitary …

World News

Sub-Saharan Africa economic growth to pick-up next year

Viljoen added improved growth in these two economies would help sub-Saharan Africa accelerate next year.<p>Africa’s two biggest economies emerged from …

Economy

Iron-Biofortified Beans Improve Women’s Memory and Attention

October 13, 2017<p>For immediate release<p>Iron-deficient women experience improved memory, attention and other cognitive abilities after eating …

Healthy Eating

Rescue ship brings 600 migrants to Italy in biggest recent influx

Some 600 migrants, including many children, have arrived in Sicily after being rescued at sea in the past days. The new influx highlights problems …

World News

IMF chief: 'It’s the first time in a decade that we have such a strong recovery'

Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), spoke to FRANCE 24 during the annual meetings of her institution and the World Bank in Washington. She discussed the IMF's rosy outlook for the world economy - although sub-Saharan Africa and some emerging countries are …

Economy

Starvation, squalor and overcrowding - life in a Libyan detention centre

Many of them claim they've been beaten, raped and are desperate to return home.<p>Thousands of mainly sub-Saharan Africans are incarcerated in Libya's …

UK News

Africa's Growth Expected to Lag Behind, Says IMF

(Photo: DFID - UK Department for International Development)Cape TownProjected economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa is on average lagging behind that …

Economy

Modest growth recovery in Sub-Saharan Africa

Economic growth in Sub Saharan Africa is recovering at a steady pace, and is projected to pick up to 2.4 per cent in 2017 from 1.3 per cent in 2016, …

checked

Yemi Osinbajo<p>Vice President<p>Federal Republic of Nigeria<p>Oluyemi Oluleke Osinbajo was born in 1957 in Lagos. He is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, …

Africa