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The mobile phone has enabled poor countries to leapfrog several development bottlenecks. (Photo/Mohammed A. Fadil/Flickr).

Mobile Phone Access Has Skyrocketed: Sub-Saharan Africa Now Has 76 Subscriptions For Every 100 People

Cellphone access in the world has skyrocketed. There are now more mobile devices in America than Americans.


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In a country with 55 million people, 34 million are going without some of the basic necessities, like housing, transport, food, heating and proper clothing. (Photo/Willem van Valkenburg/Flickr).

South Africa Sees Startling Rise In Poverty: In Last 5 Years 3 Million More People Have Fallen Through The Cracks

The decline in living standards has occurred despite the extension of social grants to two million more recipients in the past five years.


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Sierra Leone currency. illicit financial flows both damage African states and hold back their industrialisation and development.(Photo/ Flickr/ Ben Lyon)

How Tax Evasion And Dirty Money Drains Africa, In Two Charts

Africa loses far more through tax fraud, tax evasion and illicit financial flows than it receives in aid and foreign direct investment.


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Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta (r) and his deputy William Ruto (l) at a campaign rally in Aldai, North Rift in June 2017. (Photo/ Uhuru Kenyatta on Facebook)

Campaign Financing In Africa, Plus Kenya’s Strange Equilibrium Of Laws That Are Written, Then Promptly Trashed

Why does Kenya have a plethora of election laws that it expertly drafts, and then enthusiastically ignores? And why do some other countries have hardly anything on paper, but their practice is far above and beyond?