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Oil: Winners and Losers

The slide in the price of crude oil is unmitigated disaster for most oil producers and cause for joy for oil-importing countries.…

Sustainability now the name of the game

Global research has revealed the highly sobering and often terrifying impact of our economic activities on both the natural as well as the human environments we depend on.…

Smart cities in a smart Africa

As Kilamba Kiaxi in Angola has shown, other forms of new African city need to be developed with the local markets and local needs in mind.…

Urban African: The Chinese example

While African cities are growing organically, the Chinese government consciously decided that urbanisation should be made a national priority in order to create a workforce for manufacturing and industrial projects.…

Is the Pharmaceutical industry in Africa fit for purpose?

Africa carries around 24% of the global disease and illness burden but its pharmaceutical industry is worth less than 1% of this $857bn global industry.While the amount that is spent on healthcare in Africa is rising rapidly, access to medicine is often a matter of life and death, and demand is not based on choice but on absolute need.

Pharma chains on the way

While pharmacy chain stores are a common sight on the high streets of the US, UK or Japan, they are few and far between in most African countries.…

The battle for African generics

Estimates vary but about half of all state health spending in sub-Saharan Africa goes on drugs, so pricing has a massive impact on the ability of health services to save and protect lives.…