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Der Spiegel: Broad analysis on Africa & China, Internet, smartphones and the role of Women.

China, Asia’s economic superpower, is hungry for natural resources, energy, food and markets for its products. Africa can offer all of these things: about 40 percent of global reserves of natural resources, 60 percent of uncultivated agricultural land, a billion people with rising purchasing power and a potential army of low-wage workers. GO TO SOURCE “PART 1″ HERE

In the space of barely 10 years, mobile phones and the Internet have changed many Africans’ daily life more dramatically than any other societal shift since African nations won their independence from former colonial powers. During the independence era, Africans hoped to finally close the gap between themselves and the rest of the world. Today, after 50 years of hunger, war and corruption, that goal seems to be in reach – thanks largely to smartphones, which have achieved something most governments here have failed to do, by making up for the lack of infrastructure, the greatest obstacle to development. GO TO SOURCE “PART 2″ HERE

Women in Africa are making great strides in politics and business, and are considered more reliable partners for international aid projects than their male counterparts. Welcome to what the African Union calls the “African Women’s Decade.” GO TO SOURCE “PART 3″ HERE