Migration and demographic dynamics in Africa

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  HOW POLICY, DEVELOPMENT AND humanitarian tasks are carried out in various countries of Africa remain intriguing and astounding. The sorts of modelling involved in the various interventions remain also a study in creative thinking. Many things done at the national and sub-national levels are based on “guesstimates” and extrapolations, in which cases there are […]

Africa’s place in a period of global warming (7)

Africa’s place in a period of global warming (7)

MALDIVES, A SMALL ISLAND STATE in South Asia with a population of well over half a million people, is at risk. The country, spread over a thousand islands and famed for its aquatic life, luxurious beaches and breath-taking seascape such that it can sometimes be difficult to know where the azure sky meets the clear […]

Africa’s place in a period of global warming (6)

Africa’s place in a period of global warming (6)

LIGHTS MAY BE GOING OUT in many parts of the continent of Europe in November this year while the United Nations Climate Change Conference of Parties (COP) 27 meeting gets underway in Sharm El Sheikh, a cosy town on the north-eastern fringe of Egypt. The night time satellite imagery of Europe may not be exactly […]

Africa’s place in a period of global warming (5)

Africa’s place in a period of global warming (6)

ENERGY WARS LOOM GLOBALLY, not necessarily in the conventional context of trench battles, military operations, firing of cannons and missiles, but in the form of tit-for-tat diplomacy, business decisions, economy and politics. This finds expression in the diplomatic showdown between the European Union (EU) and Russia, which shows no immediate sign of easing as the […]

Africa’s place in a period of global warming (4)

Africa’s place in a period of global warming (6)

ENERGY WILL BE AT THE heart of the future economy, locally and globally. It will set apart the poor and the prosperous. It will define prosperity or poverty at the individual, household, corporate, national and global levels. Energy will influence productivity in no small measure for good or for bad. The dichotomy is already becoming […]

Africa’s place in a period of global warming (3)

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PLACARDS, BANNERS AND POSTERS of protesters may or may not be obvious or ubiquitous in November in Egypt in a manner reminiscent of the Battle of Seattle, a series of protests that marred the November 1999 World Trade Organisation (WTO) Ministerial Conference in Washington State in the US. Rather, there may be protests right within […]

Africa’s place in a period of global warming (2)

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IN ABOUT 100 DAY’S TIME, the city of Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt will host the world’s 27th United Nations Climate Change Conference, commonly referred to as Conference of Parties (COP) 27. This will be from November 6 to 18. This conference will have a lot of implications for Africa’s future in many different ways […]

Africa’s place in a period of global warming (1)

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GRO HARLEM BRUNDTLAND, a medic with a public health background, was probably unaware of what major role awaited her when she launched out into politics and later emerged as the first woman Norwegian Prime Minister. Her nomination by Javier Perez de Cuellar, then UN Secretary General, to establish and chair an independent World Commission for […]

Thoughts about East-West’s desperation on Africa

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EVENTS UNFOLDING in recent times seem to project Africa as a beautiful bride with many suitors, particularly those making overtures for just a marriage of convenience. Why Africa began to receive increased attention from the East and West should be of more than passing interests. It is remarkable that these are abnormal times, times of […]

Is Africa sinking lower into debt quagmire?

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DEBT IN AFRICA has become an issue and a recurring decimal. A one-off mention of it will be insufficient to bring the subject fully into perspective. The vulnerabilities of the continent in other spheres are further exacerbated by the increasing debt burden which more and more African countries now have to bear. Unfolding events in […]