Japan expands peacekeeping support in Africa and ASEAN

Japan expands peacekeeping support in Africa and ASEAN

TOKYO — Japan’s Self-Defense Forces will provide more support for United Nations peacekeeping operations in Africa and Southeast Asia this fiscal year amid Tokyo’s concerns about China’s growing presence on such missions. Ground Self-Defense Force personnel have been deployed to the Kenyan capital of Nairobi since 2015 to train Kenyan and Tanzanian soldiers on operating heavy construction […]

African leaders in Mauritania for summit against corruption

African leaders in Mauritania for summit against corruption

by Ahmed Mohamed | AP July 1 at 7:04 AM NOUAKCHOTT, Mauritania — Thirty African heads of state are meeting in Mauritania Sunday and have opened the 31st African Union summit, which is aimed at finding ways to stamp out the continent’s corruption and discussing efforts to improve peace and security. The summit, on Sunday and Monday […]

This is what Ikea furniture looks like when it's designed by Africans

This is what Ikea furniture looks like when it's designed by Africans

The world will finally get to see the results of what happens when Ikea taps into the “creative explosion” in Africa right now. Just over a year ago, Ikea recruited some of Africa’s top designers to create a unique line. This month, Ikea offered the first glimpse of that collaboration, known as Överallt, which mean […]

Akoin For Africa? Hope, Cynicism Collide As Singer's Coin Catches Fire

Akoin For Africa? Hope, Cynicism Collide As Singer's Coin Catches Fire

It’s an undertaking that can’t be exaggerated: Akon – the American-Senegalese R&B singer, songwriter and producer – is creating a new cryptocurrency called “Akoin.” Yes, you heard that right. As Akon tells it, the forthcoming coin will serve as the currency for a yet-to-be-developed city in the country of Senegal. The “Akon Crypto City” will occupy […]

Ministers discuss security in Africa

Ministers discuss security in Africa

Abuja – Foreign Affairs Minister Geoffrey Onyeama with his counterparts on the continent are discussing security at the 31st AU Foreign Ministers’ conference in Nouakchott, his spokesperson said in Abuja on Wednesday. THIS IS AFRICA The Special Adviser to the Minister on Media, Ms Sarah Sanda, said in a statement that Onyeama was in Mauritania […]

Africa's natural resource revenue for all: The Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend model

Africa's natural resource revenue for all: The Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend model

Development experts often explain the poor economic and governance performance of many African countries by the “resource curse.” The associated rent-seeking behavior of unaccountable leaders looking for easy money rather than developing productive industries could be reversed with effective policies that ensure that natural resources work for all citizens. One model—the Alaska model—offers a viable […]

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