Succession, when African leaders die

With ten out of thirteen World leaders who have died in office since 2009 being African, the politics of succession loom large on the continent. 

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Global health funding in stalemate

Many developing countries with the highest disease burdens did not receive the most funding and when comparing disease-specific funding and disease burden certain countries received much less funding/Photo©ReutersDespite gloomy forecasts, in the wake of global economic crisis, funds to health projects in developing countries appear to be holding steady, recent report by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington has said.

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Why Australian mining companies are eyeing Africa

Australian explorers are stepping up their operations to tap Africa’s iron ore potential / Photo©SUNDANCE RESOURCESFacing ageing mines and rising taxes at home, Australian mining companies are developing gold, copper and iron ore mines across Africa.

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Moustapha Naïte: In Guinea, it is all about the networks

Moustapha Naïte was appointed director general of the Direction Nationale du Patrimoine Bâti Public in 2010A young and rising state apparatchik who started off in the business world with an internet cafe, Naïte is a close adviser to President Alpha Condé.

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Guinea: Ahmed Kanté leads charge for a greater state role in mining

With a reputation as both prudent and obstinate, Kanté is the ideal man to direct SOGUIPAMI/Photo©YOURI LENQUETTEAdmired by some and hated by others, the 54-year-old director of Guinea's state mining fund SOGUIPAMI is pressing on with the mining reforms that he started under a previous government in 2007.

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Country Profile 2012: GUINEA

After completing the first stage of the transition that ended in the election of President Alpha Condé in November 2010, Guinea does not seem to have turned its back on old ethnic and political rivalries.

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