1Joining an Exclusive Club of African Nations with their Own National Satellites
Ethiopia’s first satellite, due to be launched in September with China’s help and backing, is being put in place in part to track environmental concerns, said the head of the Ethiopian Space Science and Technology Institute (ESSTI).
2Competition for Bus-booking Services in Cairo
Uber is expanding its imprint on public transportation—this time with the establishment of a bus service. The ride-hailing giant launched Uber Bus in Egypt, the first country to roll out the service globally. The platform allows passengers to request for buses through the app, after which they are matched with other riders on the most suitable route.
SOURCES: Quartz Africa
3The Drivers of Economic Migration from Africa to Europe
Gilbert Houngbo, the president of the International Fund for Agricultural Development, said that with 60% of Africa’s young people living in rural areas, global leaders need to prioritise investment in their futures to curb forced migration, feed a growing population and help smallholder farmers – who are facing the added burden of climate change – become not only self-sufficient but profitable.
SOURCES: The Guardian
4Winning in Business in Africa
What exactly is the reality of doing business in Africa? Is the business environment filled with only crisis and conflicts or are there possibilities that could get even bigger with the rate of urbanisation, rising incomes and increasingly better governance practices on the continent? That is, is the glass-half-full or half-empty? In the book, Africa’s Business Revolution, coauthored by McKinsey partners Acha Leke, Georges Desvaux and McKinsey alumnus Mutsa Chironga, there’s deliberate advocacy for the need to start seeing Africa with a new pair of eyes – to see a half-full glass.
5Celebrating Africa’s Beauty
A groundbreaking beauty pageant chose the first Mr. and Miss Albinism East Africa in Kenya’s capital. The aim was to affirm the dignity of people who have faced discrimination, violence and even murder because of their hereditary lack of pigmentation.
SOURCES: New York Times
6The Front Line in Namibia’s War against HIV
Namibia used to have one of the highest HIV-prevalence rates in the world, but in the past 15 years, the number of new HIV infections has halved. The Total Control of Epidemic is a programme run by a national NGO, Development Aid from People to People (Dapp Namibia). The field workers are two of more than 200 TCE health workers serving a population of nearly 182,000.
7Somaliland’s Contested Political Status Complicates Climate Change Efforts
Across the Horn of Africa — a region that includes Somalia, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti and parts of Sudan and Kenya — drought has become the new normal. According to U.S. scientists, the region dried faster in the 20th century than at any other time in the past 2,000 years. Changes in temperature in the Indian Ocean over the past decade, similar to the El Niño phenomenon in the Pacific, have directed winds eastward, pushing moist air that normally brings rains to east Africa away from the continent.
8The US’ Return to Somalia
Their embassy was closed and American diplomats evacuated during the civil war in early January 1991 in the face of violence and the collapse of the Somali government. The Horn of Africa country has in recent years faced an uprising by the al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabab armed group, as well as famine and maritime piracy.
SOURCES: Al Jazeera
9Development Projects in this West African Country Address Youth Unemployment
A group of young female business owners in Guinea Bissau have banded together to increase their business knowledge and become financially independent. They say the cooperation is increasing sales. From street vendors to women who own their own shops, “Young Women Entrepreneurs” group in Bissau, the capital wants to encourage young women in the West African country.
10From Playing Amateur Basketball in Cameroon to the NBA
Joel Embiid’s career has been dizzying. Last year, he signed a $148 million contract spanning five seasons with the Philadelphia 76ers. Embiid is now one of the NBA’s leading players, leading his team to the playoffs for the first time in half a decade. But his journey from rookie to bona fide professional was anything but easy.