Top 5 Stories Of The Week

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Here’s what happened this week

Every week the Africa Progress Panel will highlight key stories from around the web on issues related to energy, climate change, and natural resource management among others.

In case you missed them, here are the Top 5 stories from this week:


1.  These are the most powerful African passports to have

Citizens of the Seychelles, Mauritius, and South Africa have the most powerful passports on the continent, while Nigerians, Ethiopians and Somali have the least freedom of travel, according to the latest ranking from the financial firm Arton Capital. Read the full story on


2.  Djibouti-Ethiopia railway carries hope for pan-African trade

Addis Ababa line to the sea hailed as first step in tapping vast commercial potential.  Read the full story on


3.  Kenya’s national electrification campaign is taking less than half the time it took America

In the 1930s, the US embarked on a campaign to connect rural parts of the country to electricity. It took more than two decades before 95% of all farms were electrified. Kenya is working on doing that in just seven years. Read the full story on


4. If you want affordable internet in Africa, move to a country on the coast

In sub-Saharan Africa, a major obstacle that keeps millions from achieving universal digital access is geographical location. Many landlocked African nations or rural areas that are far from cable landing stations struggle to access efficient and cost-effective networks. Read the full story on 


5.  East Africa’s clean energy boom

In recent years, East Africa has emerged as a hotbed of creative solutions to meeting people’s energy needs where the nexus between clean energy and mobile-based technology is helping to transform whole communities, including in very rural areas. Read the full story on