The Weekend Conversation
Welcome to the weekend!
The past week has been dominated by the announcements of Nobel Prizes, the last (economics) of which will be announced on Monday. Some of the work recognised holds much promise for ridding Africa of its scourges: malaria, elephantiasis and riverblindness. Peter Hotez and Richard Haynes explain the significance of the drugs that were behind the award of Nobel Prize for Medicine or Physiology earlier this week.
In Politics + Society, David E Kiwuwa examines the debilitating effect Africa’s ageing presidents has on the continent’s youthful population. And we also republished a selection of articles on South Africa’s governing ANC, which holds its crucial policy review conference this week.
On sustainable development, Louise Tait argues there must be a focus on smaller African cities.Jacqueline M Klopp and Jeffrey Paller say politicians and communities must work together to make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.
The drug that led to two scientists wining the Nobel Prize for Physiology or medicine has made a significant difference for those suffering from elephantiasis and river blindness.
Health + Medicine
The drug partly responsible for more than halving the rate of malaria over the last 30 years and which won this year’s Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine has a long history of use.
Politics + Society
Why is Africa so saddled with ageing presidents who ought to be enjoying their retirement in peace when the continent desperately needs young, agile and innovative leaders equal to its challenges?
The European obsession with labeling people either economic migrants or refugees hampers understanding of the problems they face. Adding the role remittances play to the debate would help.
Environment + Energy
Sustainable energy is crucial for smaller African cities which are generally overlooked. These cities receive much less research and funding focus.
Africa’s savannas provide high potential for farming development but this needs to be done in a smart manner to not worsen climate change.
Business + Economy
Urban planning and development in Africa has been fraught with many challenges. A study of Accra and Nairobi provides some lessons on what needs to improve.
South Africa’s oceans economy can contribute R177 billion to the GDP and create up to one million new jobs by 2033. But this requires more skilled people to drive the growth.
A lot has changed for the better in South Africa’s education system – but inequality remains a thorn in the country’s side. How can we disrupt educational inequality?
The inclusion of menstrual hygiene in the Sustainable Development Goals marks an important step forward, but to what extent will it address the issue of schoolgirl absenteeism?
Science + Technology
The discovery made by three Nobel Prize winning chemists is one of biology’s most important safeguards against imperfection in DNA.
Arts + Culture
Traditionally, African women wore their hair in different ways to signify class or marriage status. Now with globalisation, hair is becoming less traditionalised and more politicised.
For decades, media representations of African poverty have been of disease, disaster, conflict, and poverty and have coloured how the rest of the world views Africa.