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 […]

5 things to know about African migration

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Johnny Wood, Senior Writer, Formative Content Africa is so big that Europe, the US, India and China could comfortably fit inside its landmass. It is home to huge amounts of the world’s mineral resources. And by 2050, one in […]

Africa is creating one of the world’s largest single markets. What does this mean for entrepreneurs?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Gerald Chirinda, Executive Director, Tapiwa Capital The Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) is set to launch on 30th May. If every African country joins, it’s expected to be one of the world’s largest single markets, accounting for $4 […]

How ‘savings circles’ empower women in rural Africa

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Emma Charlton, Senior Writer, Formative Content In a rural community in the small African country of Burundi, 16 women squeeze on to narrow wooden benches, arranged in a rugged circle under the shadow of banana trees. One woman’s […]

How drones can help rural Africa take flight

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Catherine King, Media Relations, Lake Victoria Challenge Stories around the development of drones and the future of mobility are increasingly populating our news feeds. Whether it’s the world-first drone delivery of a vaccine to a baby in Vanuatu via […]

3 ways Africa can improve the health of women and children

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Temitayo Erogbogbo, Director, Advocacy, MSD For Mothers, MSD The health of women and children is a cornerstone for building healthy and stable societies around the world. Yet after decades of steady growth, development assistance for reproductive, maternal, newborn, child […]

5G will drive Industry 4.0 in the Middle East and Africa

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Mikael Bäck, Corporate officer, Ericsson Industry 4.0 has arrived, and it is going to spark an unprecedented wave of innovation in the Middle East and Africa (MEA). Industry 4.0 merges operational, information and communication technologies with cyber-physical systems, enabled […]

Four lessons from Africa on building effective business ecosystems

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Christian Busch, Researcher and Inaugural Deputy Director, London School of Economics Innovation Lab Rapid change requires constant adaptation in the face of emerging challenges and customer needs. This can often best be achieved by ‘co-creation’ with key stakeholders; in […]