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Young politicians aiming high

Young politicians aiming high

Youth – people between the ages of 15 and 35, according to the definition used by the African Union’s Youth Charter – make up more than 35% of Africa’s total population. But in elected legislatures...

Informal transport versus the state

Informal transport versus the state

Informal transport operators in the Sierra Leone capital face levies, bans, fines and government disregard Ibrahim Shaw has driven a taxi in Freetown for 16 years. The constant sound of his horn as...

EDITORIAL: The lifeboat of informality

EDITORIAL: The lifeboat of informality

African governments and their formal business sectors often hold up the informal sector as the nemesis of formalised growth  and  organised  development  –  yet for many citizens on the continent...