Africa in search of development models (2)

ONE MAJOR HURDLE Africa must overcome in its quest for wealth and prosperity is the challenge posed by health or the lack of it. To create wealth sustainably, Africa needs operating environments that are conducive to innovation, expanded markets, rise in purchasing power and disposable incomes as well as less of shackles of poverty and […]

Cyclone Idai, humanitarian emergency and Africa’s resilience

Over the past two weeks, a tropical storm, codenamed Cyclone Idai, tore through the south-eastern coast of Africa, leaving death, devastation, destruction, mystery and anxiety in its trail across three contiguous countries of Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe. A strong storm, in the form of an intense tropical cyclone, Idai has been regarded as one of […]

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 […]