Shopping on an Egyptian street: The middle class concept remained vague and limited to number crunching. (Photo/ Flickr/ Frank Schulenberg)

Will The Real Middle Class In Africa Please Stand Up? Debates Are Clouded In A Conceptual Haze

The so-called middle class in Africa appears to be a muddling class, with ambiguities ranging from politically progressive to status-quo oriented and conservative. But definitions and lived experiences matter


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Salt miners in Afar, Ethiopia. The country's youth have increasingly higher aspirations and expectations due to the possibilities they see, given the countrys economic growth. (Photo/ Flickr/ Andrea Moroni)

The ‘Youth Bulge’ Doesn’t Have To Be A Problem: Here’s Ethiopia’s Big Opportunity

Young people in different parts of southern Ethiopia expressed a deep sense of hopelessness and a fear that they would remain trapped in poverty.


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Mursi woman, Ethiopia: The way culture and informality intersect today in much of Africa favours women, in a way that it doesn't for men. (Photo/ Rod Waddington)

An African Paradox: Why Poor Women Earn More Than Their Husbands, And The Power And Politics Behind It

Data from Kenya shows that contrary to expectation, the likelihood that a woman earns more relative to her husband decreases, rather than increases, with her education and wealth


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A largely unused cycle lane between Sandton and Alexandra in Johannesburg. (Photo/ Njogu Morgan/ The Conversation)

Johannesburg’s Bike Lanes: When Thinking ‘Build It And They Will Come’ Goes Wrong

Bike lanes alone don’t create a commuter cycling culture. Transport systems are shaped by a range of other factors, including social institutions, values, politics and topography.


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(Photo/ Flickr/ Trocaire)

If You Are A Refugee, Uganda Is One Of The Better Places To Be – Even So, Things Are Getting Tougher

Alongside the economic hardships, Kampala’s South Sudanese population have to deal with occassionally frosty locals, some whom have negative perceptions of their northern neighbours.