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Gambia MPs uphold ban on female genital mutilation

      Gambian lawmakers voted this afternoon to uphold a 2015 ban on female genital mutilation, rejecting a controversial bill seeking to overturn the law after months of heated debate and international pressure. Legislators killed the bill by voting against all the proposed amendments to the 2015 text that would have decriminalised the practice. Rights groups and the United Nations had urged MPs to reject the bill, saying it […]

todayJuly 15, 2024 5


The role of regulatory investigations in the ICT industry

      As Namibia joins the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) industry starts to have a significant impact on the country’s economy, promoting equality of opportunity, industrial development, economic growth, and poverty eradication. The Namibian government has put laws in place to encourage the growth of ICT due to its importance to economic development. Through the Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia (CRAN), the Ministry […]

todayMay 22, 2024 13

Business / Economics

South Africa’s security forces once brutally entrenched apartheid. It’s been a rocky road to reform

    By Sandy Africa, University of Pretoria   One of the important tasks that faced South Africa’s democratic government after 1994 was to reform the apartheid-era security apparatus. The African National Congress (ANC), which was voted into power, had a laudable vision in the 1990s for reforming the police, military and intelligence services. Determined that South Africans would never again be subject to the brutality of the security forces, […]

todayApril 22, 2024 12

Science & Technology

China says will take ‘all necessary measures’ to protect interests after US TikTok vote

    China on Thursday slammed the approval of a US bill that would ban TikTok unless it severs ties with its Chinese parent company, vowing that Beijing would "take all necessary measures" to protect the interests of its companies overseas. The short-video app has soared in popularity worldwide but its ownership by Chinese technology giant ByteDance -- and alleged subservience to Beijing's ruling Communist Party -- has fuelled concern […]

todayMarch 14, 2024 16


Coalition talks underway in Pakistan

The Ministry of Industrialisation and Trade has postponed public consultations on three key legislation and policy documents to a later date. According to Elijah Mukubonda, the ministry's spokesperson, the stakeholder engagements will cover topics related to the National Informal Economy, Startups, and Entrepreneurship Development Policy.

todayFebruary 12, 2024 3


The growing role of telco operators in driving financial inclusion through accessible mobile-first financial services.

    By Robert van Breukelen, COO at Itemate Solutions   Africa remains a hotbed of mobile innovation. Telco operators across the continent are stepping in to fill gaps left by lower levels of development in key areas, including banking and financial services. A 2022 report estimated that just over half of Africa's population remained unbanked. The same report found that banks across the continent are investing in digital transformation […]

todayFebruary 8, 2024 17


Ghana: Kumasi city’s unplanned boom is destroying two rivers – sewage, heavy metals and chemical pollution detected

  By Stephen Appiah Takyi, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and Owusu Amponsah, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST)   Ghana’s urban population has more than tripled in the past three decades, from 4 million to nearly 14 million people. Competition for land in cities has increased among various land uses. These trends have led to encroachment in ecologically sensitive areas such as wetlands. Kumasi, […]

todayFebruary 8, 2024 11

Opinion Pieces

Are social media apps ‘dangerous products’? 2 scholars explain how the companies rely on young users but fail to protect them

The CEOs of Discord, Snap, TikTok, X and Meta prepare to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Jan. 31, 2024. Alex Wong/Getty Images Joan Donovan, Boston University and Sara Parker, McGill University “You have blood on your hands.” “I’m sorry for everything you have all been through.” These quotes, the first from Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., speaking to Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and the second from Zuckerberg to families […]

todayFebruary 2, 2024 20