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East Africa Investment Climate Heats Up

April 28, 2011

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Originally published in GlobalPost: NAIROBI, Kenya — Investors are starting to realize there are business opportunities in Africa. Last year, Barron’s magazine published The Final Frontier, a cover story about investment in the continent. Consulting firm McKinsey published a report looking at African growth opportunities by sector. Boston Consulting Group published a report identifying the […]

Africa Elections Expose Democracy's Fault Lines

January 5, 2011

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Originally published in GlobalPost: NEW YORK — More than a month after its presidential election, Ivory Coast remains in political crisis. The incumbent president, Laurent Gbagbo, refuses to leave office, though the official vote count shows that he lost to opposition leader Alassane Ouattara. The country is teetering on the brink of civil war. Gbagbo […]

Ghana Must Ensure Oil Benefits Country

September 25, 2010

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Originally published in GlobalPost: TAKORADI, Ghana — A digital sign in the lobby of Tullow Oil’s office here reads 61 days — a countdown to the country’s first first oil. In November, Ghana will begin producing from its estimated 1.6 billion barrels of oil reserves. As oil workers prepare pipes for deepwater installation at the […]

Lessons From Somaliland

September 5, 2010

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Originally published in GlobalPost: BUNGOMA, Kenya — These days, Somalia is known for two things: its pirates and its Islamic militants. When Al Shabaab, the extremist Islamic insurgents based in southern Somalia, claimed responsibility for the July bombings that killed 78 people in Kampala, international concern over the problem of Somalia spiked. Somalia’s transitional federal […]

Kenya's Constitution Presents New Challenges

August 14, 2010

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Originally published in GlobalPost: KISUMU, Kenya — This pleasant city on the edge of Lake Victoria gives little evidence that it was the site of serious upheaval following Kenya’s disputed 2007 presidential election. Shops along the city’s main drag were vandalized, looted and burned, disrupting commerce for months. Across Kenya some 1,200 people were killed in […]

Brazil Can Boost African Agriculture

August 3, 2010

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Originally published in GlobalPost: BUNGOMA, Kenya — Food security and agricultural development have become hot topics. U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration has rolled out its “Feed the Future” initiative. The World Bank started a multi-donor trust fund for food security in April. Africa, with the world’s lowest crop yields and its greatest potential to produce […]

China's in Africa for Business, Not Aid

June 27, 2010

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Originally published in GlobalPost: KIGALI, Rwanda — Next to the Sopetrade highway heading toward Kigali’s city center, construction workers are digging up the side of the road in preparation for adding an additional lane. In and around Kigali’s city center, similar road projects are in process. The project financier? China Eximbank, to the tune of […]