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Archive May 2016

Achieving Universal Access to Energy; Africa Caught Between a Rock and a Hard Place

LUSAKA – “It is unacceptable that 138 years after Thomas Edison developed the light bulb, hundreds of millions of people cannot have access to electricity to simply light up the bulb in Africa,” says Africa Development Bank (AfDB) Group President, Akinwumi Adesina, mourning the gloomy statistics showing that over 645 million people in Africa lack access to electricity, while over 700 million are without clean energy for cooking.

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Rwanda to scrap visas for Africans by 2018

Rwanda plans to remove visa requirements for African nationals travelling to the country by 2018, as it seeks to woo more investors and tourists from the continent.

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Menstrual Hygiene Gaps Continue to Keep Girls from School

Around the world girls are struggling to stay in school when their menstrual hygiene needs are forgotten or ignored, yet the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and education sectors have remained reluctant to address the issue.

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If you love me, help me grow Ghana

In Adum, in the center of Kumasi – Ghana’s second-largest city – an old warehouse stands as a beautiful letdown. It has been over ten years since the loco shed was used to full capacity. It is neglected and yet somehow humming with life.

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GroundUp: Uber and Out in Cape Town

“Make good money. Drive when you want. No office, no boss.” This is Uber’s enticing pitch to new drivers, but the reality can be very different. 

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Kenya’s Refugee “Problem”

Earlier this month, the Kenyan Interior Ministry declared its intent to shut down the country’s refugee camps, citing concerns about security and the threat of terrorism.

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