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A Mangrove Project is the Star of Kenya’s Gazi Bay

The forest located in the South of the country is a blue carbon ecosystem. Meaning that it captures and stores huge amounts of carbon. Local residents manage two hundred ninety 290 acres of forest to earn a living. Some like Juma belong to the Mikiko Pamoja group. The collective, which means ‘mangrove together’ in Swahili …

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Not Enough Females Operating in the African Venture Capital Space

The African venture capital sector is still very much a “man’s world”, but the quality of its investments and ability to make a greater impact suffer as a result. That is according to Omobola Johnson and Andreata Muforo, who together make up two-fifths of the management team at Africa-focused VC firm TLcom Capital, which is …

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Slavery has a Complex Legacy in Niger

There are still tens of thousands of enslaved people across Niger, according to Anti-Slavery International and Timidria; some estimates put the number as high as 130,000. Most are descendants of people who were enslaved generations ago, living and working on the land of their ancestral “masters”, like serfs in Tsarist Russia. Wahaya is one of …

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Many African Countries are Also Grappling with a Serious Dollar Shortage Crisis

The forex crises have already dealt a huge blow on many economies on the continent. For instance, foreign airlines operating in Nigeria are finding it difficult to repatriate their earnings due to the country’s inability to raise dollars for them. In the same vein, other businesses in the West African countries are struggling to raise …

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Harare’s New Scheme to Curb an Economic Collapse 

Zimbabwe is set to introduce gold coins that will enable investors to store value within the country as inflation spirals out of control and the local currency continues to rapidly devalue against major currencies. In a statement on Monday, the southern African country’s central bank chief John Mangudya announced the new gold coins would be …

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South Africa Closes Off Youth Month on a Tragic Note

South African authorities say the owner of a bar where at least 17 teenagers were found dead and four others died while receiving medical care is expected to face charges. Police investigating the mysterious deaths in Eastern Cape province say they have not ruled out the possibility the teenagers were poisoned. Police were called to …

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Activists Want Morocco to Account for Border Deaths

There are growing calls for an investigation into the deaths of up to 37 people who died trying to scale a fence to enter Melilla, Spain’s enclave in north Africa. About 2,000 people stormed the heavily fortified border between the Moroccan region of Nador and the Spanish enclave on Friday. The Moroccan authorities say 23 …

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The Digital Economy as an Important Driver of Long-term Growth in Africa

The reality is that experiences with promoting the digital economy in sub-Saharan Africa have been mixed. Following great hopes in the promise of “digital connectivity” in the early 2000s, many scholars have observed that the ability of African businesses to turn connectivity into success in global markets has been limited. The future of Africa’s tech …

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The Work Must Continue… Equity & Innovation for Africa’s Recovery

Africa.com hosted its first hybrid event on 23 June 2022. The event featured a roundtable discussion live from the Intare Conference Center, Gasabo Room in Kigali, Rwanda.  Five panelists came together to promote equity & innovation through health, science, and technology in Africa, while also highlighting how to remove barriers facing so many African women …

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