The Imperialist People’s Republic of Africa?

By Hannah Ryder, BEIJING – A few months ago, a New York Times magazine cover was emblazoned with the question “Is China the World’s New Colonial Power?” The notion that China is a twenty-first-century colonizer is not new: commentators have been batting it around for… Read More

Confronting Africa’s water challenge

By Akinwumi Adesina – Water is essential for life, and yet it is scarce in many parts of the world. Owing to the effects of climate change, Africa is experiencing its worst drought since 1945, especially in Southern Sudan, Somalia, Ethiopia, and Northern Nigeria.

The dark side of voting technology

By Dambisa Moyo, NEW YORK  – According to an unpublished “kitchen table survey,” conducted before last November’s presidential election in the United States, approximately 95% of the predominantly Hispanic members of one of America’s largest domestic unions preferred the Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton to her… Read More

Africa’s race against the machines

By Brahima Coulibaly , Washington D.C. – By some estimates, automation threatens over half of all jobs in OECD countries. And now that the employment challenge is coming into focus, the scramble for solutions has begun. For example, Bill Gates has called for a tax… Read More

Africa’s stake in Brexit

By Carlos Lopes, OXFORD – As Britain focuses on what its relationship with the European Union might look like once it leaves the bloc, sometime during 2019, the rest of the world is already girding for the post-Brexit era. For many African countries in particular,… Read More

A better investment framework for Africa

By Wolfgang Schäuble, BERLIN, Africa’s enormous economic potential is not news. But, until now, policymakers around the world have not successfully defined the political and economic steps that must be taken to enable Africa to realize this potential fully. That is why the German G20… Read More

A big bond for Africa

By Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala  and  Nancy Birdsall – The countries of Sub-Saharan Africa have reached a critical juncture. Strained by a collapse in commodity prices and China’s economic slowdown, the region’s growth slipped to 3.4% in 2015 – nearly 50% lower than the average rate over… Read More

Powering Africa’s Future

By Alpha Condé, CONAKRY – When G20 leaders meet later this year in Hamburg, investment in Africa’s future will be high on their agenda. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has already committed to using her presidency of the forum to promote “sustainable growth and jobs” on… Read More

The Source’s Pollyanna guide to 2017

HARARE, December 21 (The Source) – The year 2016 has been one of the toughest in Zimbabwe’s seemingly unending crisis — a serious drought, cash shortages, job losses. Because our grim reality is depressing, we put on our rose-tinted glasses and attempt a wilfully blithe… Read More