Urbanization

A post-COVID recovery for African cities needs to be inclusive, sustainable and job-rich

Professor Carlos Lopes is a Professor at the Mandela School of Public Governance, University of Cape Town, and a member of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate. Professor Edgar Pieterse is South African Research Chair on Urban Policy and Director of the African Cities Center at the University of Cape Town. It has …

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Les Africains sont-ils prêts pour leur avenir?

Il y a quelques semaines, alors que je me rendais de Dire Dawa à Harar, ville historique de l’est de l’Éthiopie, j’ai vu un minibus sur la vitre arrière duquel était inscrit un message qui m’a intrigué; il disait ceci : « Si vous ne voyez pas mes rétroviseurs, je ne peux pas vous voir ». Ce message …

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creativity is money

Creativity is the new money

Tonight like every night, Africa’s creative talent will be showcased across the continent. In Cape Town, South African opera stars Andiswa Kedama and Pauline Malefane’s voices will captivate audiences while they perform U-Carmen eKhayelitsha, a Xhosa adaptation of Bizet’s famous opera. In Agadez, internationally acclaimed guitarist and songwriter Bombino, dubbed the next Jimi Hendrix, will …

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Africa can invent, leapfrogging unsuspected areas

One only needs to pick up a magazine or leading newspaper to read about innovations that are sweeping across Africa. From M-Pesa, a mobile money transfer service invented in Kenya that has revolutionized African banking practices, to South Africa hosting the Square Kilometer Array, the world’s largest and most powerful radio telescope ever constructed. This …

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