Maboneng represents one strand of the type of urban development that's advocated for by the proponents of 'global cities'. (Photo/ Flickr/ SA Tourism)

Taking Over, One Craft Beer And Wood-Fired Pizza At A Time: Gentrifying Inner-City Johannesburg Pushes Out Poor Residents

A city is considered ‘global’ if it has skyscrapers, cafes and malls that adhere to western notions of modernity and development. That doesn’t have to be the case

Sukuma wiki (collard greens) and tomatoes, which have experienced dramatic price surges in the past few months in Kenya. (Photo/Annie Bungeroth/ CAFOD)

Food Price Surge In Kenya Causing Grief, Here’s What It Tells Us About What’s Wrong With African Cities

Kenya’s current food price spike is just the latest in a longer, slower food price inflation that has been unfolding over the past few years, which has something to do with the broader structural problems of African cities

Niger is the main transit country for large-scale smuggling across the Sahara desert towards North Africa. (Photo/ IRIN)

New Report Describes How African Migrants Cross The Sahara In Hopes Of Reaching Europe, But This Year Could Be Different

The moment migrants arrive at Agadez bus station in Niger, they become part of a vibrant smuggling economy. The whole journey to Europe could cost $3000-$5000

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

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.