Editorials

Lights out: poor governance and Africa’s energy crisis

Lights out: poor governance and Africa’s energy crisis

Photo credit: Solar Aid Africa is rich in resources and opportunities. In so many fields, however, the continent is yet to hit its stride, often because there is not enough political will to manage resources better and create necessary incentives. Africa's energy crisis is a prime example. Two-thirds of Africans – 620 million people – still do not have access to "affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern electricity", one of the key global development goals. Decades of neglect and...
Africa and the G20’s moment of truth

Africa and the G20’s moment of truth

Lagos – This year is turning out to be one of global disruption. We’re seeing not only political upheaval and economic uncertainty, but also transformational innovation and the emergence of fresh thinking. Global-governance institutions are facing many challenges: slowing economic growth, volatile financial markets, falling commodity prices, emerging-economy risks (especially in China), refugee and migrant waves, geopolitical tensions, rising inequality and social fragmentation, and the...
Invest in digital and transform agriculture in Africa

Invest in digital and transform agriculture in Africa

Africa has the potential to feed not just itself but other regions too. Our report ‘Grain, Fish, Money’ shows that technology can help transform agriculture in Africa. The spread of mobile devices has created opportunities for agribusiness, banking, commerce and investment. Mobile technology can accelerate Africa’s productivity in farming and fisheries. Examples of applied tech innovations developed by Africans for Africa and the world include mobile apps such as: - ESOKO, which...
The Grassroots of Climate Change, Kofi Annan’s op-ed featured in Project Syndicate

The Grassroots of Climate Change, Kofi Annan’s op-ed featured in Project Syndicate

PARIS – The climate-change agreement reached here on December 12 was a rich victory for diplomacy. Both the agreement itself and the atmosphere of cooperation that permeated the proceedings represent a sea change from the failed Copenhagen summit in 2009. But while we should congratulate world leaders on their success, Paris marks the beginning, not the end, of the road. It is now our collective duty to hold our leaders to account and ensure that they turn promises into action –...