Europe’s illiberal insurgencies

By Victor Paul Borg A  synthesis of the analysis done by the liberal-minded commentariat of last week’s disruptive electoral result in Italy – which saw the irreverent M5S supersede the centre-left and the anti-immigrant La Lega – is that in times of economic misery the appeal of the populists is irresistible. This analysis, only superficially […]

‘Child beggars and the Almajiris’

By  Musa Temidayo Child begging has almost become a culture thing in Northern Nigeria and is a normal feature in other states, writes Musa Temidayo, 26, a Commonwealth Correspondent from Nigeria, who recently had a first-hand look at the lives of the children involved. Children between the ages of three to 15 roam the streets […]

Standard Bank: How Innovation will drive African Tech Deals

Improving economic growth and investment in technology and broadband to fuel growth in Africa’s telecom media and tech sector The global head of TMT  for Africa’s largest bank, Standard Bank , is predicting continuing deal flow and increasing investment in Africa’s flourishing telecom, media and technology sector in 2018, against a backdrop of improving economic […]

African retail banking Roaring to Life

The McKinsey Global Banking report finds winning strategies among Africa’s top banks The McKinsey Global Banking ( practice has  published a new report on African Retail Banking – Roaring to life: Growth and innovation in African retail banking The report finds that Africa’s banking markets are among the most exciting in the world. The continent’s […]

Africa’s Most Challenging Elections in 2018

By Dorina Bekoe Twenty countries in Africa will hold national elections in 2018. This analysis reviews countries facing unique challenges to holding peaceful elections on the continent. In 2018, 20 countries in Africa will hold presidential and parliamentary elections. Past experience indicates that 20 percent of African elections have experienced violence resulting in fatalities. To […]