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Archive May 2016

Africa’s rising middle class: Time to sort out fact from fiction

It takes quite some fantasy to imagine how, based on the living costs in Africa’s urban centres, a $2-a-day threshold catapults someone from the $1.99 margin as criteria for poor into a middle-class existence. And then into playing a pioneering role in the continent’s future transformation.

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Africa needs to map its natural capital for growth

NAIROBI – Africa needs to urgently invest in the mapping of its natural capital or natural resources to develop evidence for fighting extreme poverty that afflict majority of the people on the continent, a forum has heard.

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Why Dadaab closure has to be aligned to Amisom exit

Kenyan officials say the decision to close the Dadaab refugee camp that houses close to a million refugees from nearly 13 nationalities –majority of who are of Somali origin — is final.

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DR Congo’s electoral process is at an impasse. Here are 3 scenarios for what comes next

In February 2015, when the Democratic Republic of Congo’s electoral commission (CENI) published its calendar detailing all the steps in the process up to the elections slated for 27 November 2016,  it was considered by most to be unrealistic.

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The Humanitarian Clock Is Ticking, The Powerful Feign Deafness

ROME – The humanitarian clock is now ticking away faster than ever, with over 130 million of the world’s most vulnerable people in dire need of assistance.

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Kenya: using the lives of refugees to blackmail Europe

The proposed decision of the Kenyan government to shut down two of the world’s largest refugee camps is surprising, for a country that hosts over 600,104 refugees stemming mainly from conflict-ridden Somalia and South Sudan, and who have nowhere else to go.

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