Africa in search of development models (1)

THE CONTINENT OF AFRICA remains significant on the world stage and for a number of reasons. In size, Africa is larger than China, USA, India, Mexico and a big part of Europe combined. It is home to 54 different countries of a variety of sizes, climates, ethnic nationalities, official languages and disparate systems of government. […]

Ending endemic poverty in Africa

The clock of 2030 global agenda of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) is ticking slowly, quietly but surely. This is six years since 2015, when the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) gave way to its successor SDG. More than one-third the way down the line, it is pertinent to focus on how Africa fares with the […]

Africa braces for global goals on sustainable development

THE ‘AFRICA RISING’ narrative just inched some steps forward a fortnight ago. This happened in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on the margins of the 32nd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the Heads of State and Government of the African Union, with the launch of two related initiatives. These seemingly interwoven initiatives, it is hoped, would […]

Africa, wood-based fuels and sustainable development

AFRICA’s climate and environmental sustainability are two issues in one that cannot afford to be kept at the backburner any further. Events and activities are unfolding that are changing the climate and the environment. Carbon footprint within the continent needs closer attention, monitoring and control. Although much has been said about the contribution of smokestack […]

Africa’s quandary under global environmental stress

The last week was remarkable for the robust emphasis given to the issue of climate change, environmental stewardship and sustainable development in the 2019 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. That the two preceding articles by this writer in this newspaper had raised concerns in the African context was to present a microcosm of the […]

Tech-induced pollution: Africa’s current and future challenge

The events, products and practices that would shape the future are already becoming evident. Many are with us already. The age of disruption is not helping matters either. Although the developed countries have peaked in some areas of sophistication, many developing countries are racing against time, seeking to have their fair share of technological breakthroughs […]

Africa: from analysis to action (3)

History was made when African leaders met in Ethiopia’s capital city, Addis Ababa, in 2009 to try to resolve the youth unemployment crisis. The time span of 2009 to 2018 was declared the “African Youth Decade” and the leaders resolved to mobilise resources, including from the private sector for youth development. Within this past decade, […]

Africa: from analysis to action (2)

When the ‘Brexiteers’  in the United Kingdom vigorously campaigned, argued and voted to leave the European Union (EU) recently, little did they realise that the road to that divorce was going to be long, winding and bumpy. The referendum of 23 June 2016 in which 52 per cent of those who voted supported withdrawal has […]