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Covid-19: Africa steps up to prevent carnage

When Egypt announced at the beginning of February that it had recorded the first case of coronavirus in Africa, the whole world held its breath, as Africa is known for its inadequate health system. The virus, which entered through North Africa, has found its way to sub-Saharan Africa. Today, bit by bit, most African countries have confirmed cases and the Dark Continent, like the others, is engaged in the response against Covid-19. However, the greatest fears remain linked to the rapid spread of this epidemic in Africa, which has already caused more than 60,000 deaths worldwide and above all to the continent's health and financial capacities in the management of patients. While the speeches made by international bodies including the United Nations and the World Health Organization (WHO) are marked by pessimism, the population in Africa, in a burst of pride, claims to have experienced worse situations than the coronavirus in the past.
6 April 2020

Investment funds and traditional banks in Africa: Source development of local enterprises?

The truth about the blockade on project financing by traditional banks lies in the large number of regulatory requirements they have to meet. Indeed, more procedural and less open, the bank, in its role as a financial intermediary must always take into account a number of measures enacted by the Central Bank during its lending operations. This situation, despite expectations of high profitability and a risk that certainly exists but is often unjustified, has unfortunately prevented several companies from being able to develop their activities in time. So, to solve these problems and encourage creativity, an alternative has been provided by investment funds which, alongside banks, can promote complementarity between the economy of equity capital and that of indebtedness.
5 April 2020

United States: Has Trump’s protectionist policy made America great?

While running for Barack Obama's succession, Donald Trump campaigned on the principle of "America first", the ideology from which he derived his famous slogan, “Make America Great Again”. With that mythical phrase, the Republican candidate drew crowds and rekindled hope for a once again powerful America on the world stage. The American billionaire's project involved reviving the American economy at a time when countries like China are increasingly imposing their leadership on the world stage. From word to action, the Republican candidate upon election, adopted a protectionist trade policy and isolationism in his foreign policy that caused much fuss even within his own political family. As he seeks to renew his time at the White House, many economists argue that the 45th U.S. president's formula has greatly benefited his country's economy; at least in many areas before the dark chapter of the health crisis caused by COVID-19.
3 April 2020

Accountability and transparency in fighting corruption in Africa

Terrible Diseases and viruses like Ebola, Coronavirus, measles, and cholera have invaded the countries of the world. However, some of these devastating diseases have been contained. For instance, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea were able to contain the Ebola outbreak that struck the three West African Nations some years back. The devastating nature of these diseases can be likened to how corruption has eaten and continues to eat deep into the African continent. The continent has recorded commendable strides in attaining political independence, its economic trajectory is gradually falling into place. Notwithstanding, vices like corruption continue to be an impediment to the continent's total economic transformation. In 2018, the African union commission chair Moussa Faki Mahamat revealed that the African continent loses about fifty billion US dollars a year in illicit financial flows, noting that retaining these huge sums of money in Africa would help finance its development projects.
1 April 2020

COVID-19: The journey, the impact and the quest to save humanity

When the first reports of the corona virus started to come out of China, global health officials and African citizens were very worried about what would happen if the virus started spreading in Africa, where many health systems are already struggling and in sorrowful state. The novel Corona virus has been slow to take root in Sub-Saharan Africa, but after 27 February 2020 the narrative gradually changed after the region experienced its first case in Nigeria. The epidemic continues to disrupt life across the world, almost everything has come to a halt, business, entertainment, social life, religious life The virus has brought the world close to a standstill and panic is taking center stage right from the government level to the poor peasant Africans in the remote of places.
24 March 2020

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Is Africa ready for a single passport?

The issue of a single Passport for Africa has been on the negotiation table of African leaders for a while, but its realization still remains problematic. In 2016, African leaders in Rwanda launched the single African Passport. While handing the passports to then AU Chair and Chadian President Idris Deby Itno and his Rwandan counterpart Paul Kagame, then AUC Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma said the innovation was a “steady step toward the objective of creating a strong, prosperous and integrated Africa, driven by its own citizens’’
26 March 2019

Can you get out of prostitution and still start a home?

Prostitution as a survival strategy is one of the means used by young women in street situations. Canadian studies on the subject estimate between 12% and 32% the number of young women living on the street engaged in prostitution. These young women do it either by themselves or by relatives: relatives, friends, and even partners in love (Damant et al., 2006). These as emphasized by Messervier, 1999 may also have an important role in the process of exit from prostitution.
9 January 2019

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Freedom of Speech in Social Networks

The title given to this article is the same as that of the roundtable that was hosted by the Foundation for National Values Protection, an NGO headed by famous Russian journalist and member of the Civic Chamber Alexander Malkevich in partnership with the Association of Free Research and International Cooperation (AFRIC) and think tank headed by Professor Jose Matemulane of Mozambique was held at the Hilton Hotel, Berlin on the 20th of January, 2020.
22 January 2020

AFRIC, Honorable guest of the International Conference From Inequality to Justice

On December 10, the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation hosted the international conference “From Inequality to Justice: World Experience and Solutions for Russia”. AFRIC was represented at the conference by its strategist Clifton Ellis and its honorary expert Nathalie Yamb.
Members of the Civic Chamber and foreign participants discussed various aspects of inequality − economic, social and environmental, as well as societies’ demand for equal opportunities in healthcare and education as well as the reasons behind the high level of inequality in society and ways to reduce it using the world’s best practices.
13 December 2019

AFRIC Expert Report: Vision of the Future “Africa 2040”

The Berlin Foresight "Africa 2040" sessions were organised by the Association of Free Research and Interational Cooperation (AFRIC). It was held on the 29th and 30th of July, 2019 at the Hilton Hotel, Berlin, Germany to provide the opportunity to discuss Africa’s political and economical emergence as the continent approaches 2040. The Foresight sessions gave the attendees made up of diplomats, journalists, policy maker, educators and expert professionals the platform to envision pragmatic scenarios that Africa could find itself, along with methods to achieve these goals. The outcomes of expert work were presented at the Russia-Africa Summit in Sochi on October 24, 2019.
29 November 2019