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Africa: Over 30 Years of HIV in Africa: What We’ve Learned and the Road Ahead

As someone who has been involved in HIV/AIDS prevention and control for years, I vividly remember a time the epidemic seemed unsolvable, globally and in Africa. When I was working on HIV/AIDS at UNAIDS and the World Health Organization's Africa Regional Office in the late 1990s and early 2000s respectively,…

Central African Republic: Pope Francis Visits Mosque in Bangui to Plead for Unity

Pope Francis visited the central mosque in Bangui on Monday, where he urged Christians and Muslims to conduct themselves as "brothers and sisters". Vatican Radio reports from Bangui that on a visit to the Grand Mosque of Koudoukou, the Pope said acts of violence in the Central African Republic "were…

INTERVIEW: Nigeria: Challenges Abound but People Want Results – Fashola

The International Crisis Group, a global, Brussels-based NGO dedicated to preventing and resolving conflict, selected seven individuals to receive six awards in marking its 20th anniversary. Africa-engaged honorees include Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group and co-founder of The Elders, as well as Tunisia's President Beji Caid Essebsi…

INTERVIEW: Nigeria to lead in Lighting the World through Renewable Energy

Clean, cheap, inexhaustible sources of electricity - every country needs it. But existing investments in power grids built on fossil fuels keeps most countries tied to costly, polluting energy sources. So who can lead the way to save-the-people/save-the planet innovations and practices. Renewable energy experts are looking to Nigeria. Viewing…

South African Govt to Face Contempt of Court Charges Over Bashir?

A South African legal NGO is "strongly considering" bringing contempt of court charges against government officials for allowing President Omar al-Bashir to leave the country on Monday. The Southern African Litigation Centre (SALC), the group which secured a court order for Bashir's arrest, said in a statement after his flight…

Top 10 Ways to Repair U.S.-Nigeria Ties – Ambassador Carson

As Nigeria prepares for a democratic transition of presidential power on May 29, the United States needs to act fast, wisely and comprehensively to strengthen relations by reaching out to the new government of President-elect Muhammadu Buhari. Nigeria's elections were a political triumph for its people and for the future…

Africa: Call to Fight Diabetes in Pregnancy

Diabetes in expectant mothers is a widespread but little-recognised threat which could be fought relatively easily and cheaply, according to a new study just published. The U.S.-based NGO, Management Sciences for Health (MSH), says the lack of attention given to diabetes in pregnant women - known as gestational diabetes -…

‘Endemic Corruption’ Plagues Most of Africa – Survey

Most African countries are still perceived to suffer from "endemic corruption," according to an annual survey of perceptions of public sector corruption in nations across the world. The 2014 edition of the survey, published by the campaign group Transparency International, says that five of the 10 countries of the world…

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Is Africa Rising? Thoughts From a ‘World View’ Economist

Is Africa really rising? What does the continent's booming economic growth mean for its people, and will it lead to inclusive, sustainable development? How can Africa unlock its development potential and bring prosperity to all? And what lessons do these challenges offer to an understanding of what development really means?…

Congo-Kinshasa: Leveraging Mobile Tech to Combat Conflict and Corruption

Rarely has so small a law stirred so much debate about so distant a conflict. Over the past several months, debate about legislation requiring companies to disclose any use of conflict minerals in manufacturing, has dragged a bunch of seemingly unconnected people into its orbit: from Green Bay Packers' quarterback…

Nigeria: Preventing Urban Epidemics Through Community Buy-In, By Bunmi Oloruntoba

Abuja — Okechukwu Ndaguba sits at a table in a noisy conference room at the Jades Hotel in Nigeria's capital city, summoning strength for the last day of a planning session about a new health insurance scheme. Last week President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan signed into law a National Health Bill…

Africa: How Polygamy Slows Small Business Growth

By David Njagi Kigali, Rwanda — Amelia Kyambadde, Uganda minister for trade, industry and cooperatives, has some 30 years of civil service in her resume, but even with a mission that keeps her on a round-the-clock schedule, she still finds the time to champion for women’s rights. This is how,…

Africa: U.S. Should Be Backing Real Economic Transformation

By Kingsley Chiedu Moghalu The focus on business at the U.S.-Africa Leadership Summit last month was a welcome pointer for how to recalibrate policy and bring tangible economic benefits in trade and investment for both Africa and the United States. Recognizing the symbolic backdrop of the summit – President Obama…

Africa: Key Findings of the 2014 Ibrahim Index of African Governance

DOCUMENT An excerpt from a Mo Ibrahim Foundation briefing on key findings of the 2014 Ibrahim Index of African Governance. The full briefing, including graphs and findings relating to the four categories on which the index is based, can be found here: OVERALL GOVERNANCE - At the continental level, average…

Africa: What Africa is Contributing to Ebola Fight – Dlamini-Zuma

New York — During a High Level Meeting on Ebola at the United Nations on September 25, UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon called for a heightened response from the international community. "The world can and must stop Ebola – now," he said. One of the participants was Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma,…

Lesotho: Breakthrough in Political Crisis?

Cape Town — Mediators in Lesotho's political crisis have scheduled a "major announcement" on efforts to arrange new elections, reopen Parliament and stabilise security. The office of South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, the lead facilitator in talks brokered by regional leaders, released a statement in Maseru on Wednesday evening…

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Nigeria: 2015 Elections Can Set a New Benchmark in Nigeria

In February 2015, Nigeria will be holding elections to choose both national and state-level leaders for executive and legislative arms of government. Though the polls are still five months away, Nigerians have cogent reasons for several election-related concerns. These include: The preparedness of the election management body, the Independent National…

How Africa is Losing the Ebola Battle

A combination of fear of the Ebola virus, weak public infrastructures in three of the world's poorest countries, and a slow response by the international public health community and world governments is reversing real progress in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. All three have had democratic elections after decades of…

INTERVIEW: IMF Promotes Policies to Make Growth Sustainable and Inclusive – Lagarde

The International Monetary Fund and the Mozambican government last week hosted the "Africa Rising" conference, attended by policymakers and private sector and civil society representatives to discuss how to manage and promote the economic gains Africa has been making since the 2008 global economic downturn. In an interview with AllAfrica's…

Africa: ‘No Excuse’ for Newborn Death Rate

A series of papers published on Tuesday is laying the ground for concerted international action to reduce deaths among newborn babies - which reach their highest levels in sub-Saharan African countries. Nine of the 10 riskiest countries in the world for a baby to be born are in Africa ,…

INTERVIEW: Agriculture Is Nigeria’s ‘New Oil’ and Can Curb Conflict – Minister Adesina

Akin Adesina, Minister of Agriculture for the Republic of Nigeria, is an agricultural economist with decades of experience working to make agriculture productive and profitable. His appointment three years ago was hailed as merit driven rather than political, especially by international agriculture and development specialists. But that didn't protect his ambitious reform programme…

Africa: Asking Africans about democracy

Where in Africa is support for democracy the highest? Where is it the lowest? Who believes they are reaping its fruits? Who doesn't? This list, excerpted from the latest Afrobarometer survey of 34 countries, shows who gives the most, and the least support, to democracy and its performance. Respondents support…

Africans want democracy but are they getting it?

Cape Town — Popular support for democracy and against one-party rule in Africa has risen substantially in the past decade, but most Africans don't think they are actually experiencing democracy. These are among the conclusions which can be drawn from the latest analysis of the results of the 34-country public…

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Africans now back institutions more than ‘Big Men’ – Afrobarometer

Excerpts from Afrobarometer's report, Demand for Democracy Is Rising in Africa, But Most Political Leaders Fail to Deliver. (more…)

Africans give govts failing marks on power, water supplies

The trans-continental averages reported in the survey conceal wide differences in perception from one country to another. (more…)