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Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn.

UN summit calls for ‘peace through business’ in Great Lakes region

East African leaders and UN officials bullish on responsible investment to break Great Lakes’ cycles of violence.

Nairobi Stock Exchange.

Main street invests in Africa’s stocks: Nile fund’s Larry Seruma on the continent’s modernising equity markets

Main Street investors can now own a portfolio of Africa’s fastest growing stocks with as little as $1000 – the minimum investment required for the Nile Pan African fund, a US based mutual fund offering the public targeted allocations in African equities.

Margaret McMillan

The Myth of de-industrialisation in sub-Saharan Africa.

“Rather than industrialising, many believe that the manufacturing sector in Africa has contracted. Yet a careful scrutiny of the recent facts indicates this is not so.”


Africa’s growth to accelerate, but structural change sluggish

Africa’s economies projected to grow through 2014 - 2015, but lack of public goods might stunt region’s ‘rise’, according to 2014 African Economic Outlook report.

Isaac Fokuo

Networks: The soft side of regional integration

“The journey to integration begins with communication and trust building.”

abandoned train.

China to finance $3.8bn East African railway network

A new railway system out of Kenya aims to boost East African integration with Chinese money.


Turning growth into opportunity in Nigeria

The root of Nigeria's insecurity is in its inequality - not just in absolute wealth, but in opportunity.

Bineta Diop.

Including Women in Africa’s Economic Growth: A Conversation with Bineta Diop

As the World Economic Forum opens in Nigeria, This Is Africa speaks to the Co-Chair and women’s rights activist.

Tony Blair.

How Muslims and Christians are working together to prevent malaria in Sierra Leone

In just three years, more than 2 million people have been reached with potentially life-saving information about preventing malaria, delivered by religious volunteers

The poorest rich country.

The poorest rich country around

Nigeria’s rebased GDP, making it the biggest economy in Africa, is a better number - but not necessarily a perfect one.

Creating the new benchmark

Sustainable business is a frequently used catchphrase, but what does it look like in practice? This Is Africa sits down with Ilmi Granoff, Senior Research Fellow at the Overseas Development Institute, to discuss challenges and opportunities in the African context, and the value of sustainability reporting.

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