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 […]

Africa: from analysis to action

For nearly a year, various Afro-centric issues have been raised weekly on this medium by this author. Essentially, the attention drawn to them was neither meant to scare nor was it a literary virtuoso but a call for action. Although Africa has been a hotbed of crisis as a result of pockets of wars and […]

Regional architecture for Africa’s prosperity

THE CONTINENT of Africa is vast. In land mass it occupies a land area that is about four times the size of the United States, excluding Alaska and Hawaii). It is three times bigger than China. And, it has been estimated to be bigger than the land masses of the US, China, India, Mexico, Peru, […]

Africa and the global intangible economy

Much has been hyped about Africa’s pride of place in agricultural potential. Some solace has also been found in the significant contribution of commodity exports from Africa into the global marketplace. Where Africa clearly lags behind are critical and very essential to the continent’s prosperity, now and in the future. With Africa’s lack of comparative […]

Grim omens on sustainable livelihoods in Africa (4)

SUBTLE and insidious changes are occurring in Africa. Some make headlines while others don’t. The magnitude of the changes and their effects on lives and livelihoods now and in the future are worth some attention and consideration. Unlike earlier decades, marked by gradual, isolated and predictable vagaries, the new realities warrant different sets of thinking, […]