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Local perceptions at odds with disaster narrative on Ebola

New data from west Africa suggests locals are relatively satisfied with the international response to the Ebola epidemic.

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Nigeria: Currency instability could raise election stakes

Nigeria’s embattled currency, the naira, has continued to slide on the back of low oil prices, closing at record intra-day lows against the dollar, even as the central bank intervenes.

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South Africa struggles with land reform

South Africa has tabled a number of new land reforms as the country continues to struggle with the legacy of the apartheid system - but will they help or hinder?

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Africa aims for the final frontier

Space and satellite programmes are gathering pace across Africa. But should space be a priority when budgets are tight and poverty high at home?

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Rising Sun: Europe lobbies for investment in Saharan solar power

Big solar energy projects are back on the agenda in North Africa. Previous attempts have fallen through - will this time be different?

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Smartphone boom on the horizon for sub-Saharan Africa

Fifty percent of sub-Saharan Africa’s population will be mobile phone users by 2020, and higher tech smartphones will play a big role in this next chapter of the continent’s mobile story.

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In Zambia, death of president ratchets up fears for mining sector

The political transition following the passing of Zambia’s president seems likely to be relatively smooth, but new leadership may be tempted to lean on miners for revenue.

Burkina Faso's Lieutenant-Colonel Isaac Zida (L) shakes hands with Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan
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Burkina Faso agrees to transitional government after president’s ouster

With the military in power and a transition framework on the table, it remains unclear who will step in to lead the west African country.

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Ebola response cannot be gender blind

Women stand to be disproportionately affected by the Ebola oubreak in West Africa. Gender needs to be a bigger part of the response.

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Mo Ibrahim: Moment is right for a new vision of a politically unified Africa

The business tycoon turned governance activist believes the time has come to re-invigorate the idea of creating political pan-African unity - but does the leadership exist to make it happen?

Interview with Lord Michael Hastings

Lord Michael Hastings sits down with This Is Africa to talk about the Millennium Villages projects he has helped to spearhead across Africa.

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