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Regional trade integration in Africa: much ado about nothing?

Regional trade policies ought to be coordinated and devised according to a principle of mutual benefit which is likely to engender African countries to move up the global value chain in a collaborative effort and consequently be weaned from their neo-colonial dependence on primary commodity exports, writes Thabo Chauke.

The mis-measure of development

Today’s global development agenda is trying to be all things to all people. The Millennium Development Goals worked because they were few in number and sharply focused.

Closing the education gender gap

On this year’s International Day of the Girl, the number of girls not attending school, despite having fallen by 40 percent since 2000, still stands at 130 million.

Is Africa still rising?

Growth across Sub-Saharan Africa has weakened since 2015, and the poor outlook for commodity prices has cast doubt on the region’s economic promise, leading critics to conclude that Africa's economic heyday is over.

“United we stand, divided we fall”

Popularized during World War II, the phrase “united we stand, divided we fall” is used on number of occasions to inspire and promote peace and unity. It is in that spirit that Ethiopians should be united to have peace and durable unity, writes Alem Asres.

The courage to normalize monetary policy

A decade after the onset of the global financial crisis, it seems more than appropriate for central bankers to move the levers of policy off their emergency settings. A world in recovery – no matter how anemic it may be – does not require a crisis-like approach to monetary policy, writes Stephen S. Roach.

The risk of a new economic non-order

The upcoming IMF and World Bank annual meetings offer a critical opportunity to start a serious discussion on how to arrest the lose-lose dynamics that have been gaining traction in the global economy.