Tag: Africa Media

Restrictions in trade to contain COVID-19 have been devastating for Africa’s urban poor

Kenyan flower exports to Europe fell 50%, affecting about 1 million people. Getty ImagesTrade routes have been significantly disrupted this year in efforts to contain COVID-19. The effects of this are already showing: global growth is set to contract by 4.9% and growth in sub-Saharan Africa will contract by 3.2%. This will get worse if continued restrictions further impede trade. The World Trade Organisation has warned that at...

Whistle-blowers in South Africa are treated as pariah’s in spite of their moral courage

Shutterstock Recent reports of the looting of relief funds meant for managing the COVID-19 pandemic have once again shone the spotlight on the abuse of power in South Africa. They beg the question as to how it can be prevented. Data from the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) Ethics Barometer suggested that the country has a long way to go in dealing with ethical failures. Whereas 45%...

African countries need reliable and accessible economic data: recent ratings show why

Botswana retained its rating because of its strong case about fiscal strategy, institutional strength, and prudent policymaking ShutterstockA number of African countries have recently been contesting decisions by credit rating agencies. Some have raised objections that the rating agencies lack understanding of their economic environment. Others have challenged the correctness of their ratings on the basis that the agencies had not discussed them with the country’s representatives. The...

Zimbabwe’s restrictions on mobile money transfers are a blow to financial inclusion

Closed mobile money kiosk Tampiwa Mahari/ Great Gatsby Photography, Author providedMobile financial services are, in most African countries, born out of crises. In 2011, Zimbabwe had gone through a volatile decade of economic crises – hyperinflation, currency instability and a collapse of the formal financial system. Consumers, mostly employed in the informal sector, had a widespread mistrust of the formal banking system. In came Econet, a major mobile...

Here’s why South Africa and its neighbours are anxious about EU and UK post-Brexit trade talks

EU and UK are major markets for South African exports, including vehicles ShutterstockAs the deadline for the post-Brexit trade talks between the European Union (EU) and the United Kingdom (UK) looms, concerns have arisen as to whether the two parties will be able to conclude a deal. In terms of the Brexit divorce agreement, the UK is expected to leave the EU single market and customs union on...

Advertising campaigns: what you don’t see

a d k The advertising and media industry, like many, have taken a hit from the Covid-19 pandemic. But, unlike a host of others, it’s been fragile for a number of years. Global advertising spend is forecasted to fall by 9.1% by 2021. Advertising agencies are faced with shorter consumer attention spans, plummeting budgets, an ever-evolving media channel dynamic and the pressure to deliver faster than ever before....

How Nigeria’s new competition law will benefit the economy – and what to watch for

An unregulated economy leaves the economically disadvantaged at the mercy of the rich and powerful Novikov Aleksey/Shutterstock Competition laws protect consumers and create confidence in an economy. It’s a signal to investors and entrepreneurs that a market is fair and open. And the reward for countries that regulate competition is that on average they produce more value per capita than others. In Nigeria the competition law regime has...

Why more Ugandan farmers aren’t adopting drought tolerant maize

A farmer inspects his maize in Uganda. Photo by: Godong/Universal Images Group via Getty ImagesMaize is one of the most important cereal crops in Uganda. In particular, smallholder farmers rely on it for food and as a cash crop. They also grow it as an important export crop. Over the years, total maize production in Uganda has gradually increased, from roughly 800,000 tonnes in 2000 to 2,575,000 tonnes...
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