[WRI] Washington, DC -Informal workers — from street vendors and waste pickers to home-based workers that manufacture garments and other goods — represent 50 to 80 percent of urban employment worldwide. In the global south, where urbanization is happening most rapidly, they generate up to half of non-agricultural GDP.
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Rome -Researchers looking to steal a march on a maize-eating pest that has infested millions of hectares of crops in Africa over the past two years are deploying an app as part of their efforts to combat it.
[News24Wire] The Constitutional Court is expected to hand down judgment on Friday in the case brought by the EFF, UDM and COPE against the Speaker of the National Assembly to compel the House to carry out its constitutional functions and scrutinise President Jacob Zuma’s conduct.
[Vanguard] The International Monetary Fund has projected that Nigeria’s economy will grow at a faster pace than South Africa’s in 2018.
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Tepic -”You can do a diagnosis very fast, at a very low cost, and you don’t need to have a lot of knowledge of this equipment”
[Ethiopian Herald] The human being has been taking advantage of hydro-power as a source of energy for centuries. However, in the late 19th century, hydro-power became a source for generating electricity
[Daily Trust] Houston, U.S.A. -The net profit of Royal Dutch Shell more than doubled in the first three months of 2017, surpasing predictions by analysts as rebounding oil prices and refining gains helped to boost the company’s revenue.
[Vanguard] Nigeria’s Super Eagles have moved 10 places up in the November FIFA World ranking to 50th.
Too many bottlenecks DRIVE north-east from Lagos along a potholed highway lined by the shells of burned-out trucks and, as you approach Ibadan, you can see a few modern factories sprouting amid the rusted tin roofs. Most produce basic goods for local markets such as cigarettes or cardboard packaging, rather than the mobile phones, cars and computers that the government would like Nigeria to export. Yet a new report from the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), a think-tank run by a consulting firm, suggests that these sorts of low-tech and local products represent a huge opportunity for industrialisation in Africa.
[Nation] The debate has been raging for a while now, with legendary African artistes accusing their youthful peers of “blindly copying the West” in their craft. Many others have accused contemporary artistes of not being “African enough” by not sticking with an African sound.