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Samantha Spooner
'Top improvers' give continent hope
'Top improvers' give continent hope
The recently released Mo Ibrahim Index on Governance in Africa shows an overall trend of stalling and a worrying decline for five of the top 10...
Africa's most costly disaster zones
Africa's most costly disaster zones
Floods, earthquakes, droughts and volcanos. These are the natural disasters in Africa that cause death and the destruction of infrastructure and...
Mauritius inaugurates new president
Mauritius inaugurates new president
On June 1 the government of Mauritius named Ameenah Gurib-Fakim as the Indian Ocean island nation's new president. Her appointment was approved by Parliament...
The African declaration and action plan that could change the face of higher education
The African declaration and action plan that could change the face of higher education
A one-of-a-kind African Higher Education Summit, organised by the philanthropic organisation TrustAfrica, took place from March 10 to12...
South African universities winning race for Africa's students
South African universities winning race for Africa's students
In mid-August a report in South African media said: “New university to be Africa’s ‘rival to Harvard’”.
Gender toolkits, virtual universities, clever funding give a new shine
Gender toolkits, virtual universities, clever funding give a new shine
Africa is going through a higher education boom: in 1991, the continent had only 2.7 million students but, according to the World Bank, by the end...
Seeds are the new big challenge for Africa's female farmers
Seeds are the new big challenge for Africa's female farmers
Rosemary Kadzitche is one of the luckier female farmers in Malawi. The former teacher turned farmer joined the National Association for Smallholder...
Exposed: The Africans named in the HSBC Swiss Leaks
Exposed: The Africans named in the HSBC Swiss Leaks
Computer files with more than 100 000 names, nationalities, account information and detailed notes between the Swiss arm of Europe's biggest bank...
8 things you probably didn't know about Lesotho
8 things you probably didn't know about Lesotho
On Saturday the prime minister of Lesotho, Thomas Thabane, fled the country amidst claims of a coup in the small southern African kingdom....