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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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Many of these archaic laws also restrict citizens use of shared or public space. (Photo/ Lydur Skulason)

No Vagrants Or Vagabonds Please, We’re Kenyan: Oppressive Colonial Laws Still On The Statute Books

Anyone found loitering, anyone who was homeless or found in the wrong abode, making noise on the streets, sleeping in public or hawking superstitious material or paraphernalia was, and still is, liable for imprisonment.


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A RwandAir plane flies near Mt. Kilimanjaro. Rwanda was an early adopter of the Doing Business reforms.

Africa In The Doing Business 2017 Rankings: Getting A Good Score Is Serious ‘Do Or Die’ State Business

A good performance in the Doing Business rankings is increasingly becoming a government priority for many African countries, following the lead of Rwanda, which was an early star-performer.


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A guide reads his phone message as the crowd watches the dhow race at the 2010 Lamu Culture Festival. (Photo/ Flickr/ Xiaojun Deng)

Mobile Phone ‘Addiction’ In Africa Is Serious Business, Like Going To The Office

More than half of mobile users in five African countries check their phones within five minutes of waking up. But there’s more to that story.