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Film Review: When China Met Africa

The achievement of the documentary “When China Met Africa” is to underscore with subtlety and sensitivity that there are many Chinas in Africa; all part of a continually evolving relationships, says Jonathan Bhalla.
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The more things change… 2012 elections in Sierra Leone

Consolidation of democratic reforms in Sierra Leone relies on economic development, say Jonathan Bhalla and Sareta Ashraph, but strategies for creating employment and redistributing wealth have been overlooked.
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Rwanda’s coming of age

Piotr Cieplak notes that with a median age of just 18.7 years less than half of Rwanda’s population experienced the genocide first-hand. He asks whether this will change the way Kagame publicly discusses the events of 1994.
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Personality politics in Malawi

Hannah Gibson describes how the death of President Mutharika sent shockwaves through Malawi’s fragile political system and argues that the fallout highlights the predominance of personalities in Malawian politics.
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Urbanisation in Africa: by the numbers

Rapid urbanisation is being portrayed – by the UN, the World Bank and many others – as a potential developmental “silver bullet” for Africa. Edward Paice argues these claims are too simplistic and overly-optimistic.
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Redefining public goods, for Africa

How do we constructively define public goods in contemporary Africa and what role can they play in the continent’s development? Jonathan Bhalla investigates.
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Network-less mobile banking

Chris Marshall suggests that the progress of mobile banking in Nigeria will be a telling indicator for the viability of such a system elsewhere in Africa.
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Aid: protection or production

With Britain re-embracing a closer alignment of aid programmes and foreign policy, will support be given to countries attempting to build a base for their economic growth? Jenny Congrave sought some answers.
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Déja vu, in Uganda

A Ugandan journalist explores the reasons why popular revolt against the 2011 election results is unlikely.
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Uganda decides

Youth have been the main target of election rallies in Uganda. With over half of the population under 30, they represent a significant political constituency – if they turn up to vote.