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Elections on the edge: Is populism leading us down a dangerous path?

Photomontage Isabel Espanol: Fotolia; S.Loeb/AFP; J.Tallis/AFP; G.Guercia/AFP; T.Hill/FilmMagic/Getty; Getty

Grievances are mounting as economic inequities and corruption worsen. But after a spate of bad elections this year, people are losing faith in the political elite’s ability to fix the problems. In this vacuum, a new wave of grassroots and activist politics is spreading

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Armed with fintech and fuelled by data: Africa's banker of tomorrow

Africa's next generation of banker. Illustration by Antoine Moreau-Dusault for The Africa ReportThe time is 6:02AM, the year 2026, the location Lagos Financial City. Fatima Abouzeid flails at her digital personal assistant to silence the alarm, which in return flashes her a miffed/not-miffed emoji and starts to warble the main news headlines of the day.

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On the road in Zimbabwe: Winners and losers from Mugabe's land legacy

Robert Mugabe at Zimbabwe's State House. Photo: Herman Verwey/Foto24 /Rex/SIPA.The Africa Report takes a road trip across Zimbabwe, from Harare to Masvingo Province and Mashonaland East – to see the long-term impact of the country's early-2000s land revolution.

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Frontline: Innovative Africa

Photo©FADEL SENNA/AFP PHOTO;FOTOLiAAfrican innovation combines smart economical responses with bold high-tech solutions. From solar power and containing, epidemics to the world's fastest-growing film industry, here are a few of the latest successes.

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Green revolution: Harnessing earth, wind and fire

Photo©©PAUL LANGROCK/ZENIT-LAIF-REAOnly one in four Africans have access to electricity according to World Bank estimations, making the energy shortfall one of the most critical barriers to continental development.

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The fightback against HIV/AIDS

Photo©DANIEL BEREHULAK/THE NEW YORK TIMES-REDUX-REAThe fragility of some of Africa's healthcare infrastructure was laid bare during the 2014/2015 Ebola outbreak, but the continent has made some striking achievements through effective targeting of limited resources.

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Big leaps from the platform: mobile money and Ushahidi

Photo©©SVEN TORFINN/PANOS-REAKenya's mobile-money transfer platform M-Pesa and crowdsourcing platform Ushahidi are two technology innovations that have put the East African country on the global technology map.

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