Africa Briefs

Liberia outsourcing public education to U.S. firm

Liberia outsourcing public education to U.S. firm

| April 5, 2016

(GIN)—In what might be a first in Africa, Liberia will put its entire pre-primary and primary education system in the hands of a U.S. start-up that would bring a charter school model to struggling schools on the continent. Bridge International Academies already has a presence in Kenya, Nigeria, and Uganda. Despite a headquarters in Nairobi, […]

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More ‘tech hubs’ to rise in Africa, group predicts

More ‘tech hubs’ to rise in Africa, group predicts

| March 29, 2016

(GIN)—Tech hubs and incubators in Africa are expected to number close to 300 by year-end, and in some surprising locations. Last year, Disrupt Africa, which describes itself as a one-stop-shop for news, information and commentary pertaining to the continent’s tech startup—and investment—ecosystem, reported on a new hub and entrepreneurship development center in Somalia—the first such […]

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South African anti-mining activist leaves legacy of fight-back

South African anti-mining activist leaves legacy of fight-back

| March 29, 2016

(GIN)—Sikhosiphi “Bazooka” Rhadebe will be remembered as a man of principle who chaired the Amadiba Crisis Committee (ACC) and fought to hold back titanium mining in South Africa’s Xolobeni coastal dunes. “Our beloved Bazooka made the ultimate sacrifice defending our ancestral land of Amadiba,” the ACC said in a published statement. Rhadebe, who said his […]

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Amnesty International blast long sentences for Angolan youth activists

Amnesty International blast long sentences for Angolan youth activists

| March 29, 2016

(GIN)—Fifteen youth activists, including the rapper Luaty Beirao aka Ikonoklasta, were handed long prison sentences for allegedly plotting to overthrow the regime of Angolan President Eduardo dos Santos. The activists said they had been discussing “From Dictatorship to Democracy” a 20-year old text about non-violent resistance to repressive regimes in a book club when they […]

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South African leaders insists ‘we are not for sale’

South African leaders insists ‘we are not for sale’

| March 29, 2016

(GIN)—South Africans are rising up against the outsized influence of corporate entities and wealthy individuals allegedly doling out contracts and jobs within the ANC. Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, at a recent event, rebutted the charge, declaring the ANC was not for sale and anyone who wanted to capture the state should “go next door.” Speaking […]

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Human rights groups demand justice for Maiduguri victims

Human rights groups demand justice for Maiduguri victims

| March 22, 2016

(GIN)—Two years have passed since 640 men and boys were shot and left for dead in the northeast region of Maiduguri. The Nigerian Army is said to have committed the murders after a jailbreak with fatalities. “The soldiers asked the people to lie on the ground… a few minutes later they started shooting. I counted […]

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‘Super Sunday’ of polls rocks continent

‘Super Sunday’ of polls rocks continent

| March 22, 2016

(GIN)—Voters trooped to the polls in six countries  across Africa, electing presidents and in Senegal approving a constitution with shorter presidential terms. Among the surprises, the hand-picked successor to the outgoing president of Benin was defeated by a self-made entrepreneur Patrice Talon—“the king of cotton”—who ran as an “authentic Beninese” candidate. During the campaign he […]

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Studies to begin philanthropy with Pan-African perspective

Studies to begin philanthropy with Pan-African perspective

| March 22, 2016

(GIN)—Bill Gates, Bono, the Ford Foundation and the World Bank, among others, are well-known supporters of development projects in Africa. But, that’s hardly the full list. A report on international giving by the Foundation Center found that approximately $255 million to Africa came from U.S. foundations in 2010. Compare that to the $40 billion that […]

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Anxious ANC elders fear party ‘drifting from its ideals’

Anxious ANC elders fear party ‘drifting from its ideals’

| March 22, 2016

(GIN)—The usual celebrations marking Human Rights Day on March 21 were upstaged this year by an epic scandal that has shaken the party at its highest level. Little else has captured the attention of South Africa’s citizens over the past weeks as much as the story of government job peddling by wealthy friends of the […]

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Mauritania ratifies pact to end modern-day slavery

Mauritania ratifies pact to end modern-day slavery

| March 15, 2016

(GIN)—Mauritania has ratified the 2014 protocol to the Forced Labor Convention (1930), making it the second African country to commit to carrying out the protocol. It joins Niger, Norway and the United Kingdom which were the first countries to ratify the protocol aimed at fighting forced labor in all its forms, including human trafficking. Slavery […]

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