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Is South Africa seeing a return to the rule of law? More evidence is needed

It  appears  as  if  the  Gupta  family, known for being politically connected to South africa’s President Jacob Zuma and accused of “state capture”, have not had a good start to the year. The country’s asset Forfeiture Unit has indicated that they’re pursuing 17 cases to recover r50 billion linked to state capture and corruption.  The unit, which falls under the ...

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How the Continent’s Languages can unlock the potential of young Africans

Africa is the home of 2144 languages. Oddly, most development theoreticians consider this a barrier to economic and social growth. Sociolinguists and educationists know better: the african continent’s multilingualism is a powerful resource. The problem begins at school, and contin- ues right through the education system. This includes tertiary level. I have watched South african university students’ call for “fees ...

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How to make Healthy Buildings in an era of mass migration

Worldwide population growth and mass migra- tions are putting the infrastructure of many cities under strain. With city gov- ernments under pressure to provide more housing and work spaces, peo- ple can end up living and working in poorly designed or low-quality buildings. Since the beginning of human civilisation, people have been striv- ing to create a beneficial built envi- ...

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Why Africa needs to start focusing on the neglected issue of mental health

Mental health has historically been neglected on Africa’s health and development policy agenda. Faced with many challenges, including intractable poverty, infectious diseases, maternal and child mortality, as well as conflict, african political leaders and inter- national development agencies fre- quently overlook the importance of mental health. This trend is often compounded by three factors: ignorance about the extent of mental ...

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Why poor parents in Nairobi choose private over free primary schools

The numbers of low cost pri- vate schools in low and mid- dle-income countries have exploded in recent years. These schools charge fees that are affordable to the poorest segment of the population, and often target these populations specifically. But, in many countries, these schools have been criticised for fail- ing to meet minimum  standards  set by the government for ...

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Dreamers’ could give us Economy – and even American workers – a boost

Earlier this month, hopes were high that a bipartisan deal could be reached to resolve the  fate  of  the  “Dreamers,” the millions of undocumented youth who  were  brought  to  the  U.S.  as  children. Those hopes all but vanished on Jan. 11 as President Donald Trump aligned himself with hard-line anti-immigration advocates within the GOP and struck down bipartisan attempts to ...

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Your mobile phone can give away your location, even if you tell it not to

U.S. military officials were recently caught off guard by revelations that servicemembers’ digital fitness trackers were storing the locations of their workouts – including at or near military bases and clandestine sites around the world. But this threat is not limited to Fitbits and similar devices. my group’s recent research has shown how mobile phones can also track their users ...

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Why Kenya wants to overhaul its entire education system

Kenya’s existing school system isn’t producing the sorts of working people the country needs. Kenya is reforming its education system for the first time in 32 years. It’s also changing its curriculum from pre-school all the way through to high school. Part of what’s prompted this huge overhaul is the realisation that Kenya isn’t doing enough to produce school-leavers who ...

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How a radio series about Lake Victoria’s troubles missed the mark

Lake Victoria is one of the african Great Lakes. It’s  the  source  of the river Nile and forms a natural boundary between Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. Unfortunately, today, it’s in a critical state due to severe pollution and over fishing. Various developments have led to the lake’s terrible condition. These include industrial waste, the discharge of effluents, fertilisers and sewerage ...

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Is there too much emphasis on STEM fields at universities?

The perception abounds around the world that science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEm subjects, matter more economically and academically than the humanities and social sciences. china’s plan to turn 42 designated universities into“world class” science and technology powerhous- es is the latest and starkest example. Political and educational leaders everywhere hail the university’s role in driving economic growth and ...

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