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Kenyan artist Michael Soi cheekily captures the China-US-Africa relationship. (Photo/ SA Cultural Observatory)

Is China Eating Western Donors For Lunch In Africa? Mostly No. Here’s Why

In practice, China rarely competes with traditional donors. Funding is heavily concentrated in the productive sectors, mainly infrastructure, agriculture and mining.


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Power Shortages Hold Africa Back In Unlikely Ways, But There Is Hope In The Good Old Sun

It takes the average Tanzanian eight years to consume as much electricity as an American uses in one month; a kettle boiled twice a day by a family in Britain uses five times as much electricity as a Malian uses in a year


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Cranes load containers at the port of Mombasa in March 2012. Technology has changed a lot since then. (Photo/ Flickr/ Fredrick Onyango)

Uganda’s Customs Hack: Technology Delivers Big Gains In Trade

A new customs management system means time of transit from Mombasa to Uganda has dropped from 21 days to just 4 days, boosting market competitiveness and lowering the cost of doing business.


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The two tasks that are the most time-hungry for African women is fetching water and collecting fuel, typically taking up half of a year's work (Photo/ Flickr/ Albert Gonzalez Farran, UNAMID)

What Has Men’s Love Of Sports Got To Do With Women Collecting Firewood? You Will Be Surprised

Poverty in Africa is not only a function of income, it is also a function of time. Because African women do the bulk of domestic chores, men have the time to love sports; they have time to have hobbies and acquire addictions.