The Great Debate

Despite $7 billion to ‘Power Africa,’ why the continent is still in the dark

By Kenneth Lee and Edward Miguel
July 30, 2015

Electricity cables are seen connecting power to houses within the Mathare valley slums in Kenya's capital Nairobi Electricity cables are seen connecting power to houses within the Mathare valley slums in Kenya’s capital Nairobi, July 9, 2015. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya

When President Barack Obama made his first presidential visit to Kenya over the weekend, he visited not just his ancestral home, but one of the target countries in his $7 billion signature foreign aid initiative, Power Africa.

from Africa News blog:

100 years and going strong; But has the ANC-led government done enough for its people?

January 9, 2012

By Isaac Esipisu

Although the role of political parties in Africa has changed dramatically since the sweeping reintroduction of multi-party politics in the early 1990s, Africa’s political parties remain deficient in many ways, particularly their organizational capacity, programmatic profiles and inner-party democracy.