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Climate Change and Conflict In West Africa (3), By Rafiq Raji

In March 2017, the United Nations (UN) Security Council identified climate change (drought, crop failure, etc.) and ecological changes as factors responsible for Lake Chad’s instability. The UN plans to facilitate the raising of $50 billion to regenerate Lake Chad by transferring water from more abundant Central African lakes into…
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Climate Change and Conflict In West Africa (1), By Rafiq Raji

Climate change is the long-term modification of the Earth’s climate resulting from atmospheric changes and interactions among the atmosphere and other geological, chemical, biological, and spatial factors within the Earth’s powerful energy system. Climate scientists who collect and analyze information about our planet and climate on a global scale report…
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Prosper Africa: America’s Renewed Outreach, By Rafiq Raji

...Prosper Africa is largely a coordination framework. The American government will be providing a one-stop shop that synchronises the resources of more than a dozen government agencies to provide technical assistance, capacity-building and so on for the facilitation of transactions. It also aims to ease the trade barriers that constrain…
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Mobile Phones, Internet and Jobs In Africa (4), By Rafiq Raji

...government policies should prioritise human capital and infrastructural development. Entrepreneurs should also be able to secure financing easily. These would only be possible if African governments create a conducive business environment in their respective jurisdictions. The job creation thesis of the internet rests on these foundations. On-the-ground AI Research To…
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Mobile Phones, Internet and Jobs In Africa (3), By Rafiq Raji

As more jobs become on-demand, a lot is also increasingly technology-based in tandem. Consequently, job profiles are constantly African countries have to start positioning their labour forces for these curricula would have to be revamped. And greater emphasis would need to be placed on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)…
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Mobile Phones, Internet and Jobs In Africa (2), By Rafiq Raji

Digital IDs would be key It is not a certainty that Africans, when availed of low cost internet, would use it for productive economic activities, to earn income, say. According to a recent study, most Africans use the internet for social online activities. However, this is not unique to African…
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Mobile Phones, Internet and Jobs In Africa (1), By Rafiq Raji

Access to the internet via mobile phones is having a huge economic impact around the world. Because of the ubiquity of mobile phones and their relative affordability, more and more citizens of poor countries are using the internet to avail themselves of the myriad opportunities on the global communication platform.…
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African SEZs and GVCs In the Age of Automation (3), By Rafiq Raji

Automation and Industry suggest Africa’s place in global value chains, not remarkable at the moment in any case, may be non-existent if and when it finally gets its act together. This is because GVCs themselves might have become obsolete by then, with production and consumption becoming domestic or regional. Way…
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