Editor's note

The behaviour of footballers when it comes to their spending culture has been the subject of speculation as well as research. This is a big issue in Africa, particularly for players who join European and other foreign clubs and earn large sums of money. Ernest Yeboah Acheampong unpacks research he has done on how these players spend their earnings, and what factors influence their decisions to give back to their communities at home. 

Lots of research shows how important it is not to force "solutions" onto communities without actually hearing what they believe will work for them. Yet, there are many examples of communities being sidelined in the name of "progress" or "development". Chioma Ohajunwa considers the example of South Africa's amaBomvane. For his part Roland Benedikter argues that technological development must be driven by young people in Africa rather than having it imposed from elsewhere while Willem Fourie makes a similar case for ensuring cloud computing solutions aren't shoved in African contexts without being adapted to suit the continent's needs. Finally, Lewis Abedi Asante offers an example of community involvement in Ghana that yielded excellent results for the city of Kumasi.

Godfred Boafo

Commissioning Editor: Ghana

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Ghana player Asamoah Gyan celebrates a goal against Portugal during a 2014 FIFA World Cup match in Brazil. EPA/Jose Sena Goulao

How African footballers who play in Europe spend their money

Ernest Yeboah Acheampong, University of Education

A complex set of factors influence how African footballers make financial decisions about the money they earn abroad.

Politics + Society

How a rural community hopes to retain spiritual life undermined by western ways

Chioma Ohajunwa, Stellenbosch University

The Bomvana say the global development agenda has created division because it sees people as individuals rather than primarily as members of a collective.

New technologies can be a force for good in Africa if they’re developed from the ground

Roland Benedikter, Wroclaw University

The emerging relationship between new technologies and Africa may be some of the most promising news for the continent but caution is important.

Cloud computing could be key to speeding up Africa’s development

Willem Fourie, University of Pretoria

If African countries can get the fundamentals right, cloud computing could become a powerful ally in the push for sustainable development.

How activists changed the course of an inner-city project in Ghana

Lewis Abedi Asante, Humboldt University of Berlin

Governments should change their approach by deepening collaboration with citizens to ensure delivery of urban infrastructure

Environment + Energy

It’s time to break the deadlock over Africa’s ivory trade: here’s how

Duan Biggs, Griffith University; Matthew H. Holden, The University of Queensland

As the ultimate custodians, it is urgent that African countries with elephants take ownership of the processes at CITES.

Africa’s Mukula trees score a victory as trade is put under closer scrutiny

Paolo Omar Cerutti, Centre for International Forestry Research; Nils Bourland, Centre for International Forestry Research

CITES' decision seeks to increase levels of monitoring so that we can be more and better informed about the illegal trade of Mukula and over-harvesting.


African universities battle to attract post-doctoral researchers. Here’s why

Thomas Kariuki, African Academy of Sciences

Lack of access to resources is a big problem for postdoctoral researchers.

Universities must teach their budding scientists entrepreneurship

Karl Kunert, University of Pretoria; Christopher Cullis, Case Western Reserve University

Most universities focus on teaching basic sciences with little reference to commercialisation of ideas and new technologies.


Pasha 33: Staying healthy is difficult for young women in Soweto

Ozayr Patel, The Conversation

It’s not enough to simply promote healthy eating and exercise without considering South Africa's very real environmental and structural constraints.

Pasha 32: Ebola in the DRC - Part 2

Ozayr Patel, The Conversation

The Ebola vaccine alone is not enough to deal with the outbreak in the DRC.


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