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An advertisement for a mobile phone money transfer company hangs over stalls of fruit and vegetables at a covered market in Kigali, Rwanda. Photo: Panos/Sven Torfinn
Economic Development

Africa’s quest for a cashless economy gains momentum

Insufficient financial inclusion, unbanked masses and financial literacy are increasingly attracting investors
An administrative building at the new Diamniadio industrial park in Dakar, Senegal. Photo: Reuters/Nellie Peyton
Economic Development

Urban growth a boon for Africa’s industrialization

The 2017 Economic Report on Africa calls for harnessing urban growth
Salva Dut (left) pumps water from one of the boreholes he has helped drill in South Sudan. Photo: Water for South Sudan

How South Sudan’s ‘lost boy’ brought water to his village

Salva Dut, a former refugee, has helped drill 300 boreholes in his country
The Sahel has been battered by drought due to climate change.
Save Our Seas

Africa feeling the heat of climate change

Affected countries require funds to build more resilient and climate-smart economies
A man sorting a sea of plastic bottles at one of the Wecycler hubs in Lagos, Nigeria. Most plastic litter from cities ends up in oceans.
Save Our Seas

Plastics pose biggest threat to oceans

Oceans choking on millions of plastic water bottles, cups, straws and single use plastic bags
An underwater view of fishes and coral reef in the Red Sea near Marsa Alam, Egypt
Cover Story

It is time to save our oceans

More efforts required to protect marine life and coastal biodiversity from plastic litter