Bootleg handbags and pirated films keep informal economies going so African governments turn a blind eye to counterfeiting. Could they do more though to protect the continent's traditional knowledge? Zimbabwean IP lawyer and novelist Petina Gappah looks beyond the labels.
- Tuesday, 09 June 2015 16:27
- Sophie Anmuth in Cairo, Med Dhia Hammami and Nizar Manek in Tunis, and Nicholas Norbrook
How to deal with fat cats – not fatwas – is the real problem facing North African leaders after the revolutions failed to fix old economic problems. The clock is ticking for governments to deliver justice and jobs.
- Monday, 18 May 2015 10:54
- Nicholas Norbrook, Olivier Monnier in Abidjan, Billie Adwoa McTernan in Accra
As the West African regional body celebrates 40 years in May, The Africa Report looks at integration on the ground and what the next four decades could hold.
- Wednesday, 13 May 2015 16:32
- Billie Adwoa McTernan and Tolu Ogunlesi in Lagos, and Patrick Smith in Abuja
After steamrolling to victory in the 28 March presidential election with 54% of the vote, General Buhari is promising to bring fundamental improvements to government and security.
- Tuesday, 21 April 2015 14:54
The crusading mayor and community leaders worked hand in hand to turn the tide against Ebola.
- Monday, 23 March 2015 11:47
- Tolu Ogunlesi and Billie Adwoa McTernan in Lagos and Patrick Smith in Abuja
It was set to be the closest-run national election since the 1960s. Now talk of further postponements or interim governments leaves the prospects cloudy and would-be voters increasingly restive.
- Monday, 16 February 2015 11:58
- Benno Muchler and Yiting Sun in Guangzhou, Zhuji, Shanghai
Africans in China are learning from its breakneck growth and profiting from its cheap manufacturing. But what is life really like for them? The Africa Report travelled to the 'Asian eldorado' to find out.