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OPINION: Common misconceptions about African migration​ by Paul Akiwumi

Paul Akiwumi
Common misconceptions about African migration​
By Paul Akiwumi, director of the Africa division, UNCTAD

For millions of African migrants and their families – like others worldwide – moving to another country offers a chance for a better life with benefits extending to future generations.
Yet beliefs about international African migration are rife with misconceptions that have become part of a divisive, misleading and harmful narrative.

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Lights out: poor governance and Africa's energy crisis

A street vendor sells her wares by the light of a kerosene wick lamp in Lagos, Nigeria Thursday March 1, 2007. Nigeria claims ownership of one of the world's great energy reserves, but corruption and mismanagement leave Africa's oil giant chronically short of electricity. SUNDAY ALAMBA/AP/SIPA.

A street vendor sells her wares by the light of a kerosene wick lamp in Lagos, Nigeria. Nigeria claims ownership of one of the world's great energy reserves, but corruption and mismanagement leave Africa's oil giant chronically short of electricity. SUNDAY ALABAMA/AP/SIPA.

By: Max Bankole Jarrett

Africa is rich in resources and opportunities. In so many fields, however, the continent is yet to hit its stride, often because there is not enough political will to manage resources better and create necessary incentives. Africa's energy crisis is a prime example.

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Fearmongers in the frame

A menacingly authoritarian triumvirate think that it's their turn. Canny, malign and experts in the politics of fear, the US's Donald Trump, France's Marine Le Pen and Russia's Vladimir Putin believe history is on their side.

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Terrorism? But who's behind the weapons?

A vexing double standard about the source of violence in the world plagues our thinking about terrorism.

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Backward integration key to Africa's growth prospects'

Aliko Dangote believes African economies should rethink backward integration. Photo©Eric Larrayadieu for TARAfrican countries must trade more amongst themselves. Thats the message from the 2016 edition of the Africa CEO Forum, in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire.

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Megalomania breeds Terrorism

File photo©ReutersThe terrorist does not have time for peace. The civilian's sleep keeps him awake at night constantly plotting a deadly attack on an innocent gathering.

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