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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.

Opportunities and challenges for the next COMESA chief executive

Depending on his or her level of ambition, the news Secretary General of COMESA might wish to position COMESA as a base in a technology and finance driven global economy. Gravitas and political influence across the region, sound analytics, courage, fair play, prudence, and complex problem solving skills will therefore be handy, writes Francis Mangeni.

Data-driven gender equality

When the UN General Assembly gathers for its annual meeting this week, sustainable development will be high on the agenda. But of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals up for review, progress on one goal in particular – gender equality for women and girls – will be key to building a world where everyone can thrive, writes Mark Suzman.