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

What $1.4 million can get you

HARARE, December 9 (The Source) – “Win and let win” runs the tagline for Jamal Joseph Hamed’s diamond business, the largest gem trader in the United Arab Emirates by his reckoning. By no means a name readily recognisable in Zimbabwe, where he also operates a… Read More

Mineral beneficiation – points to ponder

By Mukasiri Sibanda, HARARE, October 19 (The Source) – Mining, essentially value addition and beneficiation, is one of the growth engines for the country’s development plans under the Zimbabwe Agenda and for Sustainable Socio-Economic Transformation (ZimAsset) and the Ten Point Plan. This objective is inspired… Read More

Counting Africa’s Invisible Workers

YAMOUSSOUKRO – The billions of dollars in aid delivered to Africa annually may do the continent much good, but it cannot deliver a solution to poverty. Only creating more high-quality jobs can do that. The question is how. Africa boasts a large and creative labor… Read More

Press Freedom isn’t free

By Danforth Austin and Barbara Frye – Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, is cracking down on Turkish civil society following the failed coup in July. Beyond purging thousands of military officers, judges, and educators, the government has issued arrest warrants for dozens of journalists, and… Read More

Building Africa’s Knowledge Economy

By Simplice A. Asongu – Development economists often differ with one another, but they agree on this: the knowledge economy will be the foundation of every nation’s progress in the twenty-first century. Yet while East Asia and other regions have been making substantial gains in… Read More

Africa’s post-Brexit opportunity

By Professor Calestous Juma, LONDON (Project Syndicate ) – The entire world felt the shock waves from the decision by voters in the United Kingdom to leave the European Union, and Africa was no exception, especially given its close historical ties with many EU member… Read More