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Doing business in Kenya: What do Chinese companies really think?

It is very rare in Kenya to see the CEO of a Chinese-owned company discussing their interests in the country.

Three tips for marketing to consumers in townships

How we made it in Africa asked Anisa Kale to share some of her advice for strategically marketing to lower-end consumers in townships.

The cost of war: How the South Sudan conflict is impacting the entire East Africa

The ravages of war are not being felt only in South Sudan.

Nigeria beyond 2015: Insights on Africa’s largest economy

Nigeria could be argued to present the best opportunity for many investors looking at the African continent.

Start-up snapshot: Making enterprise software accessible to everyone

“We have come up with a system that I would describe as the Android of business software.”

‘Be persistent, never give up’: The story of Vimal Shah and Bidco

Kenyan businessman Vimal Shah is one of the region’s most prominent entrepreneurs.

Africa needs more ‘validators’ for its many entrepreneurs

Beyond mentorship, African entrepreneurs need more “validators”, according to Dr James Manyika, a director of the McKinsey Global Institute.

When worlds collide – farmers and financiers

For more capital to flow into agriculture, farmers and financiers will have to learn a lot more about each other.

Ten African consumer trends to run with – and profit from – in 2015

Innovation opportunities for the year ahead.

Informal retail ‘a market you can’t afford to ignore’

Kaskazi Network delivers consumer goods to informal shops and kiosks by motorcycle.

Most developing countries will benefit from oil price slump, says World Bank Group

Gains from low oil prices can be substantial for developing-country importers if supported by stronger global growth.

Surviving bankruptcy: An entrepreneur’s tips for dealing with business failure

“The way one gets out of a big hole in business, is very simple – stop digging,” says Maneesh Garg.

Meet the Boss: Vimal Shah, CEO, Bidco Group

“You can call me a workaholic because I work from 5am to midnight… It is not work for me. It’s fun.”

Why oil is unlikely to stay too low for too long

Tom Nelson and Charles Whall explain why they believe the oil price is unlikely to stay this low for an extended period of time.

Start-up snapshot: SweepSouth wants to disrupt domestic cleaning

“Our aim is to take the hassle out of getting your place cleaned.”