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Tertiary education is not an exception. It is a victim of ill policies and neglect by national and international partners who at one point had without shame considered higher education as a luxury for Africa. Higher education in Africa suffers hugely from quality issues and the situation keeps worsening day by day, writes Belay Begashaw.

The Horn of Africa was, and still is, the subject of global competition between Christianity and Islam, extensions of Western colonialism and Ottoman-Egyptian expansion, a US-EU led Western World and Chinese rivalry, the Arab-Israeli conflict, in addition to Iranian and Saudi-led Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) enmity. 

As the costs of automation fall relative to manufacturing wages, and as global industrial production becomes less labor-intensive, Africa will lose some of the advantages that it is currently counting on. In the future, it may not be able attract manufacturers seeking to capitalize on abundant, low-cost labor, writes Brahima Coulibaly.

Midwives could save a million women and children's lives every year, but midwifery is still chronically neglected and underfunded by governments and communities around the world. It is time for midwifery to receive the attention that it deserves as a practical, highly cost-effective solution to a global health problem, writes Jakaya Kikwete and Toyin Saraki.

It is vital to study and address systemic problems across our continent in order to shield children from the cascading effects of growing up without care, protection and the full expression of their rights, writes Dereje Wordofa.

In the recent internet shutdown in the country, many businesses have lost their clients, partners, incomes and, for some, their futures. It was reported in this newspaper that a businessperson’s partners have moved to Dubai because there was no internet – what a shame.