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Africa’s uneven development

The hopes of resource-rich countries have faded along with commodity prices

South Africa’s rescue plan gathers dust

The country is among the most unequal on earth — worse than Haiti, worse than Brazil

‘We Are Not Such Things’, by Justine Van der Leun

A murder case is at the heart of a gripping account of reconciliation in South Africa. Review by David Pilling

Africa reaches for the stars

Ignore the cynics – space exploration is vital despite the continent’s down-to-earth problems

Africa Market

Danger and opportunity for Africa

The biggest problem is jobs. Robots may beat workers to the punch

African leadership’s empty-chair syndrome

A lack of exceptional leaders means a $5m prize for unsung heroes goes unawarded

Kenya: where lions roam free

A pioneering safari camp is striving to protect both wild animals and the Maasai way of life

Message of hope for Africa in statistics

Governments need to stop conflict and invest in schools, sanitation and basic health

Rwanda’s leader is Solomon and Saddam

Paul Kagame wants to forge a sense of national identity from the ashes of genocide

Bad times send Africa back to the IMF

The fund is less hell-bent on pushing neoliberal medicine down recipients’ throats

Kenyans start to roam Silicon Savannah

The country has had to rely on ingenuity, not commodities, to keep ticking over

The problem that justice has in Africa

The ICC has failed to punish anyone in connection with violence in Kenya

ICC drops charges against Kenya’s Ruto

Ruling means no one has faced trial for election violence that left 1,200 people dead

Nigeria’s battle against graft has a way to go

President Buhari’s drive is laudable but he has to tackle the underlying causes of corruption

African states remain at elites’ mercy

The running costs of Liberia’s legislature soak up more than a tenth of government revenue

In Africa, the numbers game matters

The only thing we know about African economies is that we do not know much at all

Even good leaders must know when to quit

Holding on means hollowing out the institutions on which the future must be built

South Africa’s rainbow starts to fade

The only solution is a radical overhaul of an education system that has failed the black majority

‘Will Africa Feed China?’, by Deborah Brautigam

Chinese influence across the African continent may be growing but there is little evidence of a massive state-sponsored land grab

Celebrate the rise of flawed, febrile China

We should celebrate its rise to the second-largest economy


David Pilling David Pilling is the Africa editor of the Financial Times. He was previously Asia editor and also formerly Tokyo Bureau Chief for the FT from January 2002 to August 2008. His column ranges over business, investment, politics and economics.

He joined the FT in 1990. He has worked in London as an editor, in Chile and Argentina as a correspondent and covered the global pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry.

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