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Amazing! How Mauritius Became the Easiest Place To Do Business in Sub-Saharan Africa

It’s no secret that businesses in sub-Saharan Africa face several barriers when it comes to ease of doing business, despite some of the fastest growing economies in the world being located in this region. According to the Doing Business 2017 World Bank Fact Sheet for the region, Mauritius has the highest ranking at 49, while large economies like Kenya, Uganda ...

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Trailblazer! Haben Girma, an Eritrean, is Harvard’s Law School First Deaf-Blind Graduate

Haben Girma is Harvard's Law School first Blind-Deaf graduate

Haben Girma, 27, is an Eritrean who was born in California after her mother fled Eritrea in the early 1980s due to the War of Independence which was still ravaging the country at the time. Quite frankly, she has enjoyed various strokes of luck. However, her can-do spirit and vision have helped her break barriers, including becoming the first deaf-blind ...

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Whoa! African Governments, Not Religion, are Pushing Their Young People into Extremism

Nigerian Army repels several Boko Haram attacks

Africans who didn’t sing the national anthem as a child are more likely to be recruited into violent extremist groups. Those living in the periphery of their country with less access to education and health services are more vulnerable, as are those with less involved parents. Exposure to state violence, not religious ideology, is a better predictor of radicalization. These ...

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With This App, Midwives are Saving Babies Lives in Africa. Here’s How it Works

With the Safe Delivery App, babies are given a better chance at life

Trained midwife Heaven Workneh remembers a time when she was called out to help a relative who was about to give birth in a town just outside Bahir Dar, in Ethiopia. The mother was in the late stages of delivery and confused about the medication she had been told to take. Workneh too, though medically proficient, was not familiar with ...

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Progress! Here are Three High Tech Programmes Advancing Medical Training in Africa

What's up with medical training in Africa?

Africa has 6 out of 10 fastest growing economies but, as the African Development Bank notes, it’s also the continent with the highest disease burden in the world. With 12% of the world’s population, and 25% of the world’s burden of diseases, Sub-Saharan Africa is said to have only 3% of the world’s health workforce. Leaders in the healthcare sector ...

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BREAKING: First in Africa! Kenya’s Supreme Court Nullifies August 8 Presidential Election

First in history! Kenya's Supreme court nullifies August 8 presidential election

Kenya’s Supreme Court on Friday declared the results of last month’s presidential poll “invalid, null and void” and ordered the election be re-run within 60 days, Daily monitor reports. “The presidential election held on August 8 was not conducted in accordance with the constitution,” said Chief Justice David Maraga, ruling in favour of the opposition which challenged the declaration of ...

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BUSTED! 7 Underrated African Heroes You Should Know About

Funmilayo Ransome Kuti, a successful Nigerian woman and women rights activist

  When thinking about Liberation movements or activists that have made a significant contribution in shaping African history, we often think (and rightly so) of names like Nelson Mandela, Kwame Nkrumah, Patrice Lumumba. Frequently, we overlook people that have greatly shaped the future and way of thinking of their country. Chief among people that are forgotten are women. Women have played ...

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When it Comes to Domestic Air Travel in Africa, Kenya is King. Here’s Why

Jomo Kenyatta International Airport is so busy!

When it comes to domestic air travel in Africa, Kenya’s capital Nairobi is king. According to travel data company Forward Keys, Nairobi’s domestic air travel recorded 22% growth in 2017, beating its closest competitors Tunis and Addis Ababa, which grew by 14% and 9% respectively. In addition, long-haul international flights to Nairobi grew by 8%, making it the only major ...

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Finally! Africa’s Second Longest Serving Leader is Stepping Down

Goodbye President Eduardo Dos Santos!

For the first time in 38 years, Angolans will have a new president. Jose Eduardo dos Santos, the country’s long-time leader, announced in December 2016, that he would not seek re-election and, in his place, João Lourenço, Angola’s defense minister, has been chosen by the ruling People’s Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) to seek the presidency on Aug. ...

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Nigeria and Other Developing Countries Should Invest in Schools Before Roads. Really?

Common! Let's build schools

In recent years, discussions on how to jump-start development in sub-Saharan Africa have largely been about addressing the infrastructure deficit. The lack of everything from roads and railways to electricity and running water are recognized as huge obstacles on the journey to sustainable development. African countries must invest in infrastructure The World Bank estimated in 2009 that addressing the infrastructure ...

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