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Africa Renewal: January 2021

Cover Story

Dignity factory workers producing garments for overseas clients, in Accra, Ghana.

Africa’s free trade area opens for business

Trading under the continental free trade agreement started on 1st Jan.


ITdrops team celebrating the prize of the best product award 2020.

Shedding light on the hopes and challenges of Algerian youth

Injaz El Jazair has become a dominant player in empowering young people.

Economic Development

A trader in his electronics shop in the market in Treichville, Abidjan, during the COVID-19 crisis.

AfCFTA: How Intellectual Property laws can help create jobs

A single market is a potential growth accelerator for MSMEs that provide 80% of jobs in Africa.
Digital Mind is a communication agency based in Niamey founded by Lisa and Ben, two young ...

AfCFTA: Experts, traders call for robust participation of women and youth

'Futures Report' looks at the challenges and opportunities in intra-African trade.

Youth & ICT

A 10-day coding boot camp for young girls from around Africa

Coding for girls: a glimmer of hope in a coding boot-camp

Every so often, amid the depressing data on hospitalization and deaths from COVID-19, a story breaks out that offers a glimpse of hope.

Climate Change

Solar home systems benefits a family in rural communities of Rwanda.

Push for renewables: How Africa is building a different energy pathway

Countries accelerate use of renewable energy and are leading energy transition efforts.


Ms. Phyllis Omido on the left, one of the lead poisoning victims, and her lawyer at the Mombasa ...

Kenyan coastal community defeats lead polluter in court

3,000 slum dwellers affected by lead poisoning awarded $12 million, but clean up pending.

Peace and Security

Despite a fragile security situation, Central Africans overwhelmingly exercised their civic duty by

Elections in Africa go on amid COVID-19

Despite the pandemic, most countries stuck to their polling schedules in 2020.


Army Spc. Angel Laureano holds a vial of the COVID-19 vaccine. Photo: Lisa Ferdinando

Why AU should push for equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines

Access requires global solidarity, shared technology and waiver of Intellectual Property rules.
Raphael Salanga at Nkhunga Health Centre in Nkhotakota District, Malawi. Photo: Homeline Medi

Community Health Workers: The Unsung Heroes in Africa’s COVID-19 response

Mariam Traoré (right) and other CHWs in Africa are a critical link between their communities and the primary-healthcare system, especially during COVID-19.

Culture and Education

Using comedy to tell the African story

Top comedian, Daniel ‘Churchill’ Ndambuki’s organization - Laugh Industry – is providing a platform and job opportunities for young artists in East Africa, sees opportunities in the AfCFTA.

Refugees & Migrants

Relocation by boat, which is the only means of transport from the Tergol/Akobo entry point...

Migration amid COVID-19: Young Africans weigh their options

New challenges and opportunities as the world marks the International Migrants Day (Dec 18).
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