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Russian presences in the Middle East and Africa threaten NATO

BEIRUT >> Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine dominates global attention. But with less global scrutiny, Putin is also busy advancing Russia’s presence in the Middle East and Africa — an expansion that military and civilian leaders see as another, albeit less immediate, threat to security in West. Putin’s strategy in the Middle East […]

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The story of how Swahili became Africa’s most spoken language…

Over the two millennia of growth and adaptation of Swahili, the creators of this history – immigrants from the interior of Africa, traders from Asia, Arab and European occupiers, European and Indian settlers, colonial rulers and individuals from various postcolonial nations – have used Swahili and adapted for their own purposes. They took it everywhere […]

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‘We have changed the status quo’: Pitso Mosimane on success in Africa, breaking barriers in Egypt and European prejudice

“Don’t give Al-Hilal a chance on the ball, guys. If you do, they will show how good they are. This is what Al-Ahly coach Pitso Mosimane told his players ahead of the FIFA Club World Cup bronze medal match against the Asian and Arabian champions Saudi Arabia in Abu Dhabi. That did the trick. The […]

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Africa faces a difficult task not to become the plastic “trash can” of the world

A waste picker walks with a load of recyclable waste on her head in the Mbeubeuss landfill in Dakar. (AFP) What can be done to prevent Africa from becoming the largest plastic dumping ground in the world? It’s one of the big questions members of the United Nations will face next week as they […]

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Ancient DNA helps reveal social changes in Africa 50,000 years ago that shaped human history

(The Conversation is an independent, nonprofit source of news, analysis, and commentary from academic experts.) Elizabeth Sawchuk, University of Alberta; Jessica Thompson, Yale University, and Mary Prendergast, Rice University (THE CONVERSATION) Every person living on the planet today is descended from people who lived as hunter-gatherers in Africa. The continent is the cradle of human […]

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The story of how Swahili became Africa’s most spoken language

Once an obscure island dialect of an African Bantu language, Swahili has become Africa’s most internationally recognized language. It is comparable to the few languages ​​in the world that have more than 200 million users. Over the two millennia of growth and adaptation of Swahili, the creators of this history – immigrants from the interior […]

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Kenya’s dairy sector fails to meet domestic demand. How he can raise his game

The sector faces significant challenges that affect the realization of its full potential Kenya’s dairy sector is estimated at 14% of the country’s agricultural GDP. Milk is mainly produced by small dairy farmers who account for 56% of total production. The sector is estimated to have 1.8 million smallholder farmers (about 80% of producers). The […]

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How to make African cities more accessible on foot – Quartz Africa

The walk remains there main mode transport in many cities in sub-Saharan Africa, especially among low-income residents of informal settlements. Yet it is well recognized that the walking conditions in African cities are precarious and dangerous. This is in part due to the prioritization of local urban design for self-mobility. In the good physical and […]

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Startups are shaping the future of African cities

An AirBank by LifeBank Dispatch Rider carrying a 1m3 oxygen cylinder on his dispatch bike for delivery. Africa also needs urban innovation groups such as Uber that are actively reinventing its emerging cities and their slums. | Jonathan Hursh & Emmanuel Adegboye | By the end of the century, it is estimated that 13 of […]

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African cities are poised to thrive – and maybe explode

AAfrica is rural. Or that’s what senior Western officials mean when they talk about the continent. The top US diplomat for the region, Tibor Nagy, recently declared that Africa is “on the whole an agricultural society”. He is not alone: ​​Germany’s recent Marshall Plan with Africa insists that “rural areas will determine Africa’s future”.It’s wrong. […]

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Tackling obstacles to development in African cities

On Thursday, January 11, the Africa Growth Initiative at Brookings released its annual Foresight Africa report, highlighting six key priorities for the continent in 2018. In the second chapter of the report, Sustainable Finance for Economic Development: Mobilizing the resources of the Africa scholars discuss the urgency of boosting domestic resource mobilization in Africa, especially […]

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African cities face unique risks

The Chronicle A woman walks through a market in Luanda, Angola. People who live in African cities depend heavily on the informal sector. – Reuters Sarah colenbranderCITIES in sub-Saharan Africa are growing rapidly. Nigeria alone is expected to add 212 million city dwellers by 2050, equivalent to the current population of Germany, France and the […]

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African cities can learn from EU experience – EURACTIV.com

EURACTIV.com spoke to Somik Vinaj Lall, lead author of the World Bank’s flagship report African cities: opening up to the world. Meeting with his EU counterparts, Lall identified areas where the EU’s experience could be of value in the urbanization of the African continent. The 162-page report finds that unlike other parts of the world, […]

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Kenya shows scope of renewables to bridge Africa’s power supply gaps

Most visitors to Hell’s Gate National Park, 75 km northwest of Kenya’s capital Nairobi, go there to view the wildlife and rock formations. But they usually leave with one more memory: the intense geothermal activity that gave the park its name. The Kenyan government has been harnessing this clean energy source for decades. Kenya Electricity […]

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Urbanization jeopardizes farms in African cities : The Salt : NPR

An urban farmer waters his plants near Bamako, Mali, where the government has set aside nearly 250 acres for market gardens. donkey cart/Flickr hide caption toggle caption donkey cart/Flickr An urban farmer waters his plants near Bamako, Mali, where the government has set aside nearly 250 acres for market gardens. donkey cart/Flickr For many city […]