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COVID’s Racial Disparities

COVID-19 Pandemic Unmasking Racial and Economic Disparities: why America needs to deliver the promissory note of racial justice-By Dr Sula Mazimba The coronavirus (aka COVID-19) pandemic has ripped open the covering on the festering wounds of systemic racial inequalities in America. Health disparities among people of color are a manifestation of deep-seated systemic racial inequalities….

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COVID Hits Vulnerable Communities

From UN News, 8 April, 2020 Over 10,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Africa; Zimbabwe and South Sudan among most vulnerable The virus was slow to reach the continent compared to other parts of the world, but infection has grown exponentially in recent weeks and continues to spread, the UN health agency said. Africa’s first case…

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World Bank Predicts Africa Recession

From the World Bank: PRESS RELEASE APRIL 9, 2020 COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Drives Sub-Saharan Africa Toward First Recession in 25 Years WASHINGTON, April 9, 2020—Growth in Sub-Saharan Africa has been significantly impacted by the ongoing coronavirus outbreak and is forecast to fall sharply from 2.4% in 2019 to -2.1 to -5.1% in 2020, the first recession in…

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Africa’s COVID Time Bomb

From the World Economic Forum By Tolbert Nyenswah Senior research associate, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Africa’s healthcare systems will be overwhelmed when coronavirus cases escalate. Africa has little hope of support when countries like the US cannot supply its healthcare workers with personal protective equipment. In Liberia, the first case of COVID-19…

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How An Ethiopian Woman Built A Global Startup

Bethlehem Alemu and the Building of Sole Rebels- A Global Shoe Brand Ethiopia’s Bethlehem Alemu has built one of the world’s fastest growing shoe brands with revenues in the millions of dollars. Her business, Sole Rebels, which makes eco-friendly shoes from recycled materials has built a global following from San Jose California to Zurich and Taiwan. Sole Rebels has established standalone stores in…

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A Woman’s Dream to Fix A Nation’s Water Crisis

One Woman’s Search for a Solution to Rural Liberia’s-and Africa’s Water Problem Ten years ago, Liberia’s Saran Kaba Jones took on a bold undertaking: to help solve the water access problem in rural Liberia. Today, with over 150,000 lives touched by her work, she is still pursuing her audacious dream of delivering access to clean…

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Beyond Cookie Cutter Economics

Africa Needs its Own Path Africa has long been a victim of ‘cookie cutter economics’ – the wholesale importation and attempted replication of growth formulas from around the world into Africa. When thinking about the development of their countries and economies, African policy and decision makers have always looked west, east, and everywhere in between….

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Building Africa’s Fastest Growing Airline

The Rise of Tewolde Gebremariam and Ethiopian Airlines Ethiopian Airlines has been on an unstoppable growth spurt. The airline, which was founded in 1945, is Africa’s fastest growing and most profitable airline. From its first flight in 1946 on the Douglas C-47, the airline has achieved many milestones to become Africa’s leading airline. The airline’s…

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Infrastructure Financier

Carole Wainaina:  Mobilizing Finance to Build Africa’s Infrastructure In 2017 the African Development Bank announced the appointment of Kenyan Carole Wainaina as the Chief Operating Officer for the bank’s Africa 50 initiative. Africa50 is an infrastructure fund owned by African governments, institutional investors, and the African Development bank whose mission is to mobilise long term…

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Taking African Luxury Design Global

Abai Schulze’s Plan to Globalize African Design Africa’s design scene is coming alive. There is a renewed interest in the African design aesthetic as its authentic beauty quickly becoming globalised. Around the continent and the world there is new generation of design entrepreneurs who are pushing the envelope and creating innovate products which are appealing…

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