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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Justice graffiti in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo/ Flickr/ Ben Sutherland)

Why Poorer People In Africa Don’t Go To Court: And Surprise, Surprise, It’s Not Just About Money

Court costs and long delays are an important deterrent for both groups, but these weigh much more on the minds of wealthier respondents than among the poorest; the latter are also likely to say they fear being treated unfairly


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Crowd at the Rally To Restore Sanity And/Or Fear in Washington DC on 30 October 2010, a "satirical rally" mocking extreme or hysterical political views hosted by Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert. (Photo/ Flickr/ Dale Sundstrom)

First Hijacking Of A Merchant Vessel In Five Years Shows Somali Pirates Are Down, But Not Out

The hijacking of Aris 13 was a warning signal that any over-confidence in the international response, complacency within the shipping industry or the belief that Somali piracy is over, is misguided.