Woman at work in Namibia at Ben's Bikes, a bicycle repair shop. (Photo/ Kate Holt/ AusAID)

Africa’s ‘Working Women’ Are Mostly Found On Farms, But Oil Wealth Keeps Them At Home

The countries that have the lowest female participation in the workforce in Africa tend to be large and oil rich (and/ or majority Muslim), whereas nearly all women work in small, low-income, agricultural economies.


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Construction workers in Ethiopia. Between 2000 and 2010, Africa’s labour force expanded by 91 million. (Photo/Simon Davis/DFID)

22 Million Young People Joined Africa’s Labour Force In 2015, Here’s What We Need To Watch

Creating sufficient stable employment to absorb this growing potential labour force will be the greatest challenge going forward for African governments


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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.


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A calf crosses the border between Botswana and Zambia. Uneducated people - who may work in agriculture with animals like these - are the most likely to be in favour of free movement across borders in Africa. (Photo/ Flickr/ Mario Micklisch)

The Most Cosmopolitan African Is The Illiterate Villager. Seriously

You might imagine that a university or college education would give you a broader, more cosmopolitan worldview; that the more educated you are, the less parochial you would become. The data suggests otherwise.