Electricity supply often drives how African citizens view their elected officials’ performance. Along with a handful of other issues, it also can influence the outcome of voting behavior. Therefore, it’s no surprise that African leaders have increasingly prioritized improvements in generation capacity and the reliability and affordability of service provision. The challenge often comes in the mismatch between citizens’ perceptions of performance and the timeframe required to influence them.
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Data revolutionaries around the world (myself included) are using every forum possible to call for more and better data that is disaggregated, produced more frequently, more open, and more useable.
As the Ebola outbreak in West Africa persists, some parallels are being drawn between the virus and HIV/AIDS.
The first-ever US-Africa Leaders Summit wrapped up late last week. While it’s too early to calculate the real impact of the convocation, I wanted to log some of the more easily quantifiable information, ranging from the trivial to the (potentially) significant.
Mina Setra, the deputy secretary general of the Indonesia’s Indigenous Peoples’ Alliance of the Archipelago (AMAN), recently visited CGD to speak at an event about Indonesia’s efforts to prepare to participate in REDD+, the UN program for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation that would offer payments from rich countries to keep tropical forests standing.
Yesterday, the Government of Ghana signed its second compact with the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC).
As African leaders meet in Washington this week, one issue is not on the agenda: the poor quality of basic economic and social data in the region.
The African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) needs to be reauthorized next year and discussions about how to improve it are picking up steam. There is a lot that is unknown—when it will be renewed, for how long, and whether the renewal will be as “seamless” as everyone says they want.