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Africa: Why Some African Countries Have Strange Shapes

Arbitrary boundaries were drawn on maps to separate European colonies in Africa. Most of those lines drawn on a Berlin Conference table between 1884 and 1885 are still in place today – with deadly consequences. Why is the Caprivi Strip symbolic of colonial era mapmaking? It’s one of the weirdest looking territories on a map, […]
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The investment appeal of South Africa

Cape Town, South Africa South Africa faces numerous challenges, including high unemployment, stagnant economic growth, a beleaguered power sector, and overburdened transport infrastructure. Despite these hurdles, Alexis Caude, a managing partner of Africa-focused private equity firm Adenia Partners, notes that he was struck by the large number of investable companies in
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Africa: OCP Champions Soil Health at UN

This week in Nairobi, Kenya, the world’s preeminent forum on environmental issues – the UN Environment Assembly is holding its sixth biennial meeting to set the global environmental agenda. Attended by over 4,000 participants from 193 member states, as well as representatives from international organizations, private sector, academia and media, its focus is the triple […]
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Africa: After the AU Summit, Africa Continues Its Drift

IF a family meets in a room, members give themselves pecks, exchange polite greetings, make flowery speeches and emerge laughing for group photographs, it is likely they have not been truthful to themselves. That was my impression following the 37th Summit of the African Union, AU, from February 17-18, 2024 in Addis Ababa. After attending […]
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Africa: The AU Took Important Action On Cybersecurity At Its 2024 Summit – but More Is Needed

Leading member states continue to delay ratification of the Malabo convention, limiting harmonized African policymaking on cybersecurity. Africa witnessed a spate of cyberattacks in 2023, against African Union Commission (AUC) systems, Kenyan government data systems, and Nigerian election infrastructure among others. The attacks seem to have served as a wake-up call for