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An economic strategy for The Gambia

Recently I spent time in The Gambia, a country whose people overthrew a megalomaniacal, authoritarian and vicious President, Yahyeh Jammeh, in an extraordinary democratic moment, due to their courage and the timely supportive action of other countries in West Africa (and very little if at all due to support from major powers, apart from their role in placing some effective limits on prior abuses and eventually supporting a Security Council resolution that helped to legitimize the regional action).

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Italy is back at the European Development Days

Brussels – The 11th edition of the European Development Days will be held in Brussels on June 7 and 8. Organised by the European Commission, the EDD bring the development community together each year to share ideas and experiences in ways that inspire new partnerships and innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. This year, the Italian delegation will be led by the Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mario Giro, and the Director of the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS), Laura Frigenti.

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Africa and India – Sharing the Development Journey

The 52nd Annual Meetings of the African Development bank are being held in… India from 22 to 26 May 2017. “This is the busy and bustling future that Africa and India must shape together in a strategic partnership. And nowhere is this partnership more needed than on the issue of infrastructure”, writes in this Op-Ed the President of AfDB, Akinwumi Adesina.

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Kenya’s Drought: Response Must Be Sustainable, Not Piecemeal

Food security in Kenya has deteriorated significantly since the end of 2016. UNICEF reports a significant increase in severe acute malnutrition. Nearly 110,000 children under-five need treatment, up from 75,300 in August 2016. Waterholes and rivers have dried up, leading to widespread crop failure and livestock depletion. At the height of the drought, surface water in most counties had either dried up or its level dramatically reduced.

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Is Africa’s development real or an illusion?

Bob Collymore, the chief executive officer at Kenya’s telecommunication giant Safaricom and former African Development Bank (AfDB) President Donald Kaberuka were at the 2017 Mo Ibrahim Foundation annual Governance Weekend conference on April 7. Their business was to convince a huge audience that Africa’s development was real and not an illusion as held in some quarters.

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Lessons from Kaundanomics

A story is told that a few years after independence in 1964, Kenneth Kaunda, Zambia’s first president, visited one of the mines in the mineral rich Copperbelt Province and was immediately struck by the complete absence of Zambians in senior management positions.

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