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A messenger of peace and development goes to the Sahel

For his trip to the Sahel, Ban Ki-moon adopted as his motto an African saying: “One hand cannot tie a bundle.” His guests agreed.
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'We Pledge to Do Things Differently'

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim Conclude Historic Mission to Africa’s Great Lakes Region, Pledge Commitment to Implement Peace, Security and Economic Development
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Is Africa’s land up for grabs?

Foreign acquisitions: some opportunities, but many see threats
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Africa sharpens its voice on climate

Leaders forging a common position for climate change talks
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Seeking the ‘shoots’ of economic recovery

Uncertainty over when African growth will revive
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Mobilizing money at the grass roots

Self-help groups in Kenya boost domestic savings and investment
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Debt relief for post-war rebuilding

Liberia scores big, but the Congo and Côte d’Ivoire are still waiting
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Africa begins to tap crisis funds

Fears that deeper global reforms will drag out
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Mining to profit Africa’s people

Governments bargain for “fair deals” that enhance development
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Does financing benefit African women?

New initiatives to track the gender impact of development funds
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World downturn squeezing Africa

Calls for more aid, greater voice in recovery plans
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Laying Africa’s roads to prosperity

The continent targets its infrastructure gap
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Out of crisis, opportunity?

Africa seeks a voice in global financial management
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Banking on African women

Loan guarantees and private partners improve access
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Trading from Cape to Cairo

Regional groups aim to expand trade within the continent
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Africa secures new Southern partners

Controversy over aid, investment from China and India
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Powering up Africa’s economies

Regional initiatives can help cover deficits
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A harvest of hope for African farmers

Malawi subsidies stimulate a bumper crop
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Japan summit promotes ‘vibrant Africa’

More Asian support pledged for anti-poverty Millennium Goals
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Africa seeks fair share of ‘green’ cash

Most climate change projects bypass continent
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Women struggle to secure land rights

Hard fight for access and decision-making power
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More policy freedom or belt-tightening?

New IMF programme targets ‘graduates’ of austerity plans
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A bank in every African pocket?

Mobile phones expand access to financial services
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Industrial countries write off Africa's debt

But will the G-8 deal be hobbled by new conditions?
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New urgency for cancelling Africa’s debt

G-8 powers consider full write-off of multilateral obligations
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African economic forecasts are brighter

But estimates vary and uncertainties abound
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