Guinea has one of Africa's lowest electrification rates, even in the capital most of Conakry is in darkness. Children often congregate in the evenings to study in places where there are street lights; in the capital's airport car park and in petrol stations. (Photo/ Flickr/ Julien Harneis)

Electricity Consumption In Africa: Some Countries Are Roaring Ahead, Others Slipping Into Darkness

The countries slipping into darkness are a mixed bag – wealthy and poor, peaceful and in conflict, large and small in size.


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'Judge Not' the motorcycle taxi. (Photo/ Flickr/ Erik Hersman)

The Motorcycle Taxi: Africa’s 21st Century Version Of The Horse

The use of motorcycles for commercial transport has grown very rapidly in recent years, for several economic reasons that have been well articulated. But its social and political impact is a bigger, more layered story.


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the countries with the highest fibre optic density are either rich, small or both. (Photo/ Flickr/ Kool)

Fibre Optics In Africa, The World Cup (And How A Little Internet Can Go A Long Way)

Rich countries – and particularly small, rich ones – have more access to ICT and are able to leverage it effectively, and poor countries, less so. In South Africa’s case, hosting the World Cup had something to do with it.