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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Democracy versus development

Photo© Francis KoKoroKo For The Africa ReportThe first ever debate organised by The Africa Report pitched the supporters of 'developmental sprints' against those who argue democratic institutions should come first.

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Good leadership is about people – Former Botswana President, Festus Mogae

Festus Mogae served as president of the southern African country of Botswana from 1998 to 2008Festus Mogae former president of Botswana and recipient of several international awards, including the 2008 Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership says that his long interaction with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) groups and extensive research, he has "come to the realisation that we are limited in our knowledge and must be open to new discoveries."

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Ghana scrutinises ICT in education policy

Photo©ReutersGhana's ministry of education has met stakeholders to revise and finalise the country's information and communication technology (ICT) policy in education six years after it implemented it, as it seeks to improve service delivery.

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Tanzania: World Bank loan to improve governance

Tanzania will receive a $100 million loan from the World Bank's International Development Association (IDA) to help improve governance in the east African country.

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Somalia: worst ranking in African rule of law index

Photos@ReutersSomaliagovernanceSomalia was the worst-ranked country in an annual African governance index released today, which showed even the best performers had slipped in at least one category over the past five years.

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Paving the way for private sector growth

Amadou Sy Senior fellow, Africa Growth Initiative, Brookings InstitutionIn order to achieve its transformational agenda, Africa will need to rely heavily on its private sector.

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Political incorrectness and correctness

Time changes, and so do people. Maybe people change that's why time changes or is it the other way round time rather changes people. Either way the world clearly isn't the way it was.

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14th CODESRIA GENERAL ASSEMBLY: Creating African Futures in an Era of Global Transformations: Challenges and Prospects

The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa will hold its 14th General Assembly from 15th to 19th December 2014 in Dakar, Senegal under the theme 'Creating African Futures in an Era of Global Transformations: Challenges and Prospects.

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The right to doubt and the Angolan youth

File photo©ReutersNot all they say may be correct; not everyone may agree; but Angola's young people have shown a social and political lucidity and their voices should be heard.

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Ghana President seeks transformation of Pan African Parliament

Ghanaian President John Dramani MahamaGhanaian President John Dramani Mahama has advocated for the transformation of the Pan African Parliament (PAP) from that of a deliberative one to a legislative one, with legislators being elected to the body.

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Nigerian Bill to discourage undemocratic government dismissed

Nigerian senators have rejected a proposed law saying it would benefit politicians who have already amassed enough wealth through their influenceNigerian senators have rejected a bill that sought to scrap pensions of former presidents who assumed power through coups.

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Nigeria: State of the Union Address on agenda

If the Bill is passed, any sitting president can be called by two thirds of the National Assembly to to speak on their administration and policies/Photo©Reuters

Nigeria's National Assembly is seeking authority to summon any sitting Nigerian president in a proposed new law.

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Nigeria's power crisis and crisis in power

Barth Nnaji (far right) during happier days with Jonathan and Diezani/Photo©Siemmens AGPower minister Barth Nnaji stepped down in late August, raising concerns about the government's ability to improve governance and opening the way for a splinter group within the ruling party.

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People to watch in Liberia

Photo©MICHEL SPILOTRO/UN; ALL RIGHTS RESERVED; PEWEE FLOMOKU/AP/SIPA; TALEB AHMED BAAH/PANAPRESS/MAXPPPClaims of fraud in the 2011 presidential election contributed to a hostile political environment, and both governing and opposition parties are now looking for the men and women to lead the next campaigns.

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A New Vision for Nigeria

Former Nigerian Vice President Atiku Abubakar says Nigeria can grow its economy without oil revenue/Photo©ReutersNigerian must restructure its federalism, establish unified law enforcement instruments and a two political party system in order to strengthen the country's institutions, former Vice President and presidential aspirant Atiku Abubakar has said.

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Nigeria: Performance based contracts for ministers

Nigerian President Goodluck JonathanThe Nigerian government has introduced a performance appraisal system for public officials to improve service delivery.

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African Union: Power shifts south

Woman leads the way: Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma leaves handover meeting with Jean Ping/Photo/Simon Maina/AFPA South African takes the helm at the continental organisation amidst at least four African crises that will test new chair 
Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma's diplomatic and political skills.

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Chaos hits Zimbabwe's population census

Map of ZimbabweZimbabwe population census that is set to start next Friday is in limbo after security forces disrupted the recruitment of enumerators.

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Libya: Early signs of a budding democracy

Head of Libya's National Transitional Council, Mustafa Abdel JalilThe seed of democracy has taken root in Libya following Wednesday's handing over of power to the General National Congress (GNC) by the National Transitional Council (NTC).

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