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Sat,06Feb2016

The Question

Should Africa do the economic heavy lifting on climate change?

The Paris talks about a new global climate deal will start up in late November. The 2009 Copenhagen summit yielded little to help Africa adapt to changing weather patterns, so governments may have to look for new strategies.

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Is an African Silicon Valley a pipe dream today?

Kenya is building a multi-billion-dollar techno city to provide jobs for 200,000 people. Can the world's youngest continent overtake the Californian cluster that began when our democracies were still in diapers?

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Are gay rights a luxury in Africa?

As of 1 July, Mozambique decriminalised homosexuality in its new penal code, legalising same-sex relationships. But more than 30 African countries still have anti-gay laws including in Nigeria, where a bill signed in 2014 contains penalties of up to 14 years in prison and bans gay marriage.

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Are Africa's wealthiest doing enough to help the continent?

Africa's richest give an estimated US$7bn every year to charity, says a 2014 report by the African Grantmakers Network; but the figures also hint that giving is unbalanced among those who can afford to make a difference.

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Are Africa's richest pulling their weight?

Our question this month wonders whether are Africa's A-listers are doing enough to help the continent?

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Can Sudan survive another term of Omar al-Bashir's rule?

Opposition and rebel groups hope to derail April elections in Sudan, where a new wave of violence has forced an estimated 50,000 to flee their homes in 2015 and President Omar al-Bashir still faces charges of genocide.

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Does logging help poor and developing countries?

Norway has recently signed a multi-million-dollar deal with Liberia to stop logging in order to protect the environment, but what will be the impact of such deals on the communities who rely on the industry for their livelihood?

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