Business

Hard talking at the African Mining Indaba

The annual African Mining Indaba is the world’s largest gathering of mining professionals. This year it brought 7500 investors, corporates, government officials, advocates and academics to Cape Town’s International Convention Centre for four days of discussion about the state of Africa’s mining sector. While the customary deal-making happened on the sidelines, the walls of the…

Resource Revenue Management 101

Say that your country is blessed with natural resources. Oil, gas, minerals – it has it all. The future looks good. But deep down you worry that the bonanza could turn into a bust – maybe you live in Africa and have seen how windfalls have been wasted before. How do you know that’s not…

Green Growth Now: An African Perspective

Edith Jibunoh is in Lisbon this week attending the African Development Bank’s (AfDB) Annual Meetings in Lisbon. The AfDB is the premier finance development institution in Africa, building a track record for responsiveness to Africa’s development challenges, especially in infrastructure, as well as support in traditional social sector development. On Tuesday, June 7th, the African…

Creative Industries: Driving Economic Growth in Africa

My mother wanted me to be a doctor, lawyer, engineer, architect or at least an accountant. Those were the African parent approved professions, with some sort of a future. Chasing after a dream might be impractical, but isn’t that how legends are made? One such icon is Caine Prize winning author and provocateur, Binyavanga Wainaina,…

How the private sector is transforming Africa

In 2000, there was the famous cover of the Economist that read “Africa: The Hopeless Continent.”  In 2010, a complete reversal of tone: “…Africa Is Becoming the Next Asia” and “Africa Is Investing’s Final Frontier.” Whilst in a New York Times editorial “Africa Reboots,” Bono wrote that his March 2010 trip across the continent left…