How the power of youth can help fight air pollution across Africa

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Tolu Oni, Professor, School of Public Health and Family Medicine, University of Cambridge Air pollution kills more people in Africa than unsafe drinking water or malnutrition. Tackling this problem will require a concerted effort from both public and […]

Africa is facing a food crisis due to COVID-19. These seeds could help prevent it

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Christopher Ochieng Ojiewo, Principal Scientist, ICRISAT (International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics) in Nairobi, Kenya & Rohit Pillandi, Senior Communication Officer, ICRISAT (International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics) in Hyderabad, India Sub-Saharan Africa is […]

4 ways digitisation can unlock Africa’s recovery

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Joakim Reiter, Vodafone Group External Affairs Director, Vodafone Thanks to COVID-19, Africa will experience its first recession in 25 years. Economic shifts will widen digital gaps across Africa. The full human cost of COVID-19 in Africa is not […]

COVID-19 is likely to increase youth unemployment in Africa, this is how business can mitigate the damage

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Chido Munyati, Knowledge Lead, Africa, World Economic Forum Nearly 20 million jobs in Africa will be threatened by the COVID-19 crisis. With youth unemployment twice that of adults, the potential for social unrest is real. Transformation Maps are […]

What will higher education in Africa look like after COVID-19?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sampson Kofi Adotey, Global Shaper, Accra Hub, Next Einstein Forum As of 8 June, Africa has recorded more than 88,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19. In response to the coronavirus outbreak, many African governments took the decision to close […]

How drones are helping to battle COVID-19 in Africa – and beyond

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Harry Kretchmer, Senior Writer, Formative Content A Californian company that delivers vital medical supplies by drone in Rwanda and Ghana is now providing clinics with PPE and coronavirus test samples. The drones can deliver up to 85 km […]

Africans can fight COVID-19 with stakeholder capitalism

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Myriam Sidibe, Senior Fellow, Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government, Harvard Kennedy School & Carl Manlan, Chief Operating Officer, Ecobank Foundation Stakeholder capitalism will help companies rebuild their businesses faster after COVID-19. Africa can learn from other countries […]

Africa cannot afford to lose doctors to COVID-19

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Naeem Dalal, Global Shaper, Lusaka Hub One doctor’s death in Africa is a loss to more than 10,000 people. Africa’s healthcare system is already overburdened. It’s been over 13 weeks since the world first heard of the coronavirus. […]

EU paves the way for a stronger, more ambitious partnership with Africa

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission and the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy today proposed the basis for a new strategy with Africa. The communication sets out proposals to intensify cooperation through partnerships in five key areas: green transition; digital transformation; sustainable growth and […]

Africa will develop with oil and gas – whether the West likes it or not

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: NJ Ayuk, Global Shaper Boycotting oil and gas firms in Africa is a misguided course of action. Many are diversifying into renewables. Africa’s time to grow is here – and its natural resources are a part of that. […]

Drought in southern Africa: EU releases over €22 million in humanitarian aid

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission is mobilising a humanitarian aid package of €22.8 million to help address emergency food needs and support vulnerable people in Eswatini, Lesotho, Madagascar, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The funding comes as large parts of southern Africa are currently in the grip of […]

The children’s continent: keeping up with Africa’s growth

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Bandar Hajjar, President, Islamic Development Bank By 2050 two in every five children will be born in Africa. Urban population expected to triple. ‘Smart’ cities are developing but planners need to be prepared. The world’s population is growing, […]

Inequality triggered protests across Latin America. Here’s how the youth can help

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Enrique Crespo Peñaherrera, Responsible for Innovation Projects, ConQuito & David Morales Olalla, Research Specialist for Innovation Projects, ConQuito Latin America has been plunged into a state of socio-political uncertainty. Inequality has increased over the past two decades of […]

Only the private sector can help deliver universal healthcare in Africa

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Pascal Fröhlicher, Executive director, U-Care & Carlijn Nouwen, Partner, Dalberg Advisors No one doubts the impact of achieving universal health coverage (UHC) for both individuals and society at large. Many countries in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) are currently striving […]

These social entrepreneurs are lighting up Africa

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Douglas Broom, Senior Writer, Formative Content Easy Solar provides solar lighting and chargers to power energy-deprived homes in Sierra Leone. The pay-as-you-go devices provide electricity to even the least-well-off families. A reliable energy grid is the foundation for […]

Africa: Urgent action needed to mobilise domestic resources as tax revenues plateau

This article is brought to you in association with OECD. The average tax-to-GDP ratio for the 26 countries participating in the new edition of Revenue Statistics in Africa was unchanged at 17.2% for the third consecutive year in 2017. This was lower than the averages for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) at 22.8% and for the OECD at […]

Lifting the lid on policy decisions across Africa

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Adeola Akinremi, Director of Strategic Communications, Policy Vault Africa As a leader on a policy reform project I worked on in Africa a few years back, I learned many things. First, finding policies of African national governments in the […]

Humanitarian aid: EU announces additional €35 million for Africa’s Sahel region

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. A rise in the number and spread of conflicts in countries across Africa’s Sahel region is putting further strains on already fragile communities. To help those most in need, the European Commission is stepping up its support with a further €35 million in humanitarian […]

Africa’s future is innovation rather than industrialization

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Alex Liu, Managing partner, AT Kearney Africa has taken three significant steps in recent months on its journey to a stronger economic future. In March, the African Union launched the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). This landmark agreement […]

Revolutionary technologies will drive African prosperity – this is why

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Cathy Smith, Managing director, SAP Africa Right now, we’re at a tipping point in Africa’s development. We’re hurtling headlong into the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), which has the potential to turbocharge the socio-economic development of the entire African continent. […]

5 ways Coca-Cola is cleaning up its plastic footprint in Africa

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Douglas Broom, Senior Writer, Formative Content Food and beverage packaging is an important part of our modern lives. Yet it is clear the world has a waste problem, with plastic pollution becoming an increasingly important social and environmental concern. […]

How to turn Africa’s manufacturing sector into a high-tech powerhouse

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Craig Arnold, President, sub-Saharan Africa, The Dow Chemical Company Africa is one of the most exciting and potentially dynamic markets in the world, increasingly capturing the attention of the world’s largest businesses. Strong economic growth, increasing regional economic integration […]

3 reasons why most Africans aren’t on the internet – and how to connect them

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Stéphane Richard, CEO, Orange Only half of people today are in a position to access the internet. Many use their mobile phones to reach a range of life-enhancing online services in areas such as healthcare, skills and education, finance […]

Africa shouldn’t have to choose between high growth and low emissions

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Laura Menzies, Senior consultant, FTI Consulting The urgency to mitigate climate change around the world is growing, with an increasing focus on lowering CO2 emissions. Nowhere is this more critical than in Africa, which has one of the world’s […]

3 lessons from running an AI-powered start-up in Africa

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Jaco Maritz, Editor-in-chief, How we made it in Africa In Africa, like everywhere else in the world, artificial intelligence (AI) is moving up the agenda as companies, entrepreneurs and governments work out how to keep pace with the Fourth […]

Algorithms could give the world its first ‘born digital’ free trade agreement in Africa

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Craig Atkinson, Research Fellow, World Trade Institute The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement, presently signed by 52 African Union (AU) member states, is remarkable in its geographic coverage and ambition to create a single market for […]

3 strategies for Africa to thrive in this new era of globalization

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sampson Kofi Adotey, Communications and Policy, Next Einstein Forum Africa’s contribution to global scientific knowledge stands at 1.1%. Currently, the ratio between scientist and inhabitants stands at 79 scientists per million inhabitants, the lowest in the world. At the same […]

Getting African Women into the Boardroom

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Marcia Ashong, Founder and Executive Director, TheBoardroom Africa & Akinyi Ochieng, Esther Ocloo Fellow, Botho Emerging Markets Group By 2050, one-quarter of the world’s population will be African, which means that one in eight people will be an African […]

Why financial services can kickstart Africa’s digital economy

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Herman Smit, Director, Cenfri & Chernay Johnson, Engagement manager, insight2impact Africa’s largely informal economy is digitizing. Improved internet and smartphone penetration have given rise to virtual marketplaces, also known as digital platforms, where millions of workers and enterprises have […]

Direction Wakanda: finance methods to make Africa a superhero continent

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Collins Kimaro, Co-founder, Obuntu Hub. In January 2018, the Black Panther film lit a spark of what a transformed Africa could resemble. Wakanda: a fictional African country that is the most technologically developed in the world. Wakanda was […]

4 ways Africa can prepare its youth for the digital economy

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Simbarashe Moyo, Mandela Rhodes Scholar, University of the Witwatersrand More than ever, it is vital for Africa to prepare her youth for the digital economy and the future of work. The World Development Report 2019 notes that the labour […]

A new kind of company is revolutionising Africa’s gig economy

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Aubrey Hruby, Senior advisor to Fortune 500 companies For more than 30 years, governments and international development organizations have followed the same recipe for formalising the world’s informal economy; enacting new legislation and regulations or abolishing those that […]

This incredibly detailed map of Africa could help aid and development

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sean Fleming, Senior Writer, Formative Content Can a map save lives? Facebook thinks so. Using satellite photos and artificial intelligence (AI), the company has created a high-resolution map of population density in Africa that it says is more […]