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A basic income grant for South Africa: more money in poor people’s pockets, but at a heavy cost

4th October 2022 Analyses of the implications of extending income support measures in South Africa, including a basic income grant, have focused on one of three... 

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Kenya’s new finance minister has good credentials but he can’t work miracles

3rd October 2022 President William Ruto has nominated Njuguna Ndung'u to head Kenya’s National Treasury. A Central Bank of Kenya governor for eight years between... 

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100 years of innovation and inventions: South African vice chancellor reflects on what’s next

3rd October 2022 We live in a world characterised by inequality, poverty, economic volatility, globalisation, climate change and ambiguity. In my own country, South... 

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Nigeria ticks some boxes as a democracy. Why this hasn’t translated into a better life for most

3rd October 2022 Since gaining independence on 1 October 1960, Nigeria has struggled to maintain a democratic government. The election of 1999 offered renewed hope... 

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Africa risks losing out on trade as rich countries cement relationships with trusted partners

30th September 2022 Over the past few years, the world’s supply chains have been strained and disrupted by the Covid pandemic, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and rising... 

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5 steps to stop Ebola spreading in East Africa – a frontline expert advises

30th September 2022 The biggest Ebola outbreak in human history happened in West Africa from 2014 to 2015. I was on the front lines in Liberia serving as the head of... 

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Green hydrogen sounds like a win for developing countries. But cost and transport are problems

30th September 2022 Hydrogen is used mainly to make chemicals such as fertiliser, and in oil refineries. Most hydrogen in the world today is made from natural gas or... 

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Foreign investment into Nigeria has fallen sharply: rights and freedoms may be one reason

30th September 2022 Nigeria has always managed to attract foreign direct investment despite its poor economic outlook. This is thanks to its oil reserves and the... 

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South Sudan should disarm civilians – the evidence shows this improves security

27th September 2022 A long-running state of insecurity has recently intensified in Unity State – one of South Sudan’s 10 states – resulting in many innocent lives... 

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HIV treatment in South Africa: how to help people stay on ARVs when life gets in the way

27th September 2022 Antiretroviral therapy (ART) has turned HIV into a manageable chronic condition. When ART is working effectively, HIV cannot be transmitted. This... 

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