A Look Back at 50 Years of the African Union

Robert Nolan is an editor at the Foreign Policy Association and the author of “The Quest for African Unity: 50 Years of Independence and Interdependence”. You can follow him on Twitter @robert_nolan.

This week, African heads of state and leaders from around the world celebrated 50 years of the African Union and its predecessor, the Organization of African Unity, at its headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Laudatory speeches and toasts were given despite a widespread belief – both within and outside of Africa – that the organization is little more than a talk shop for Africa’s ….. Continue Reading

Africa’s economic boom: Five countries to watch

South Africa, Nigeria, Angola, Ghana, and Ethiopia all have economies that are growing at a brisk pace. But their future depends on how they invest that money, writes Matthew Hawki

As competition for raw resources heats up globally, economic and political elites in the West are turning to Africa for quick and generous capital gains and for the promotion of British and American geostrategic interests.

This is not the first time that these elites have been optimistic about Africa – about a decade and a half ago “Africa experts” boosted new ….. Continue Reading

Ethiopia’s improved business environment is benefitting entrepreneurs

Ethiopia has experienced impressive economic growth in the past few years and, according to the IMF, is estimated to be one of the top 10 fastest growing economies in the world over the next five years.

Malik Fal is the managing director of Omidyar Network Africa.

According to a recent report entitled Accelerating Entrepreneurship in Africa by the Omidyar Network, the country has seen regulatory and institutional reforms such as improved business registration requirements, which have helped strengthen investor confidence in the market.

The report surveyed 582 entrepreneurs in six sub-Saharan African countries: Nigeria, Ghana,Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania ….. Continue Reading