Simon Allison
Simon Allison is the Africa correspondent for the Daily Maverick, based in Johannes- burg. He has previously reported from Egypt, Palestine and Somalia for the Asia Times Online and Agence France Presse.
Ethiopia: brisk trading in coffee, sesame and white pea beans

Ethiopia: brisk trading in coffee, sesame and white pea beans

How cash-strapped farmers get their goods to market quickly and at a fair, transparent price In a small, tidy office on the top floor of the Ethiopian Commodity Exchange building in Addis Ababa, communications manager Tewodros Assefa draws two diagrams on a large glass window pane. The window overlooks the capital city’s new light rail […]

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Rising stock: African capital markets

Rising stock: African capital markets

By Simon Allison Ironically, Africa’s chronic economic underdevelopment may now be its greatest opportunity. After so many decades of sluggish economic growth and lagging far behind other continents, Africa can be regarded as a place of unmatched potential. In the post-crash world, where economies everywhere are stalling and investment opportunities are few, the received wisdom […]

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The last mile and the long stretch to connectivity

The last mile and the long stretch to connectivity

Southern Africa’s telecoms New undersea cables: Not enough to kick-start a tech revolution by Simon Allison It is easy to forget in this digital age, but the world wide web is exactly what it sounds like—a planet-spanning tangle of wires and cables through which all our online activity travels. These cables climb up mountains and […]

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Simon Allison
Simon Allison is the Africa correspondent for the Daily Maverick, based in Johannes- burg. He has previously reported from Egypt, Palestine and Somalia for the Asia Times Online and Agence France Presse.
Cementing Africa’s future

Cementing Africa’s future

Nigeria: Africa’s richest man bets on the continent’s prospects Playing politics has helped Aliko Dangote build his business empire At age 57, Aliko Dangote is Africa’s richest man, and by quite some margin. Forbes estimates his net worth to be $20.8 billion; the...