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Posted by: The Conversation Global

Date: Friday, 24 January 2020


Editor's note

Three decades ago the UK settled on an aid policy that delinked assistance from business interests. That’s now being eroded. Ian Scoones sets out the potential negative consequences of abandoning the aid and trade consensus. If the UK government is not held to account for its aid spending, business imperatives will override development goals geared for the poor.

There’s an outbreak of a deadly infectious respiratory illness in China. It’s in the same family of viruses as the well-known severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV) and Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), which have killed hundreds of people in the past 17 years. Haitao Guo, Guangxiang Luo and Shou-Jiang Gao reveal that this new deadly pathogen may have originated in snakes.

Today marks the International Day of Education, which celebrates the role of education in fostering peace and development. Here are a couple of new, and previously published, pieces from around the world:

Julius Maina

Regional Editor East Africa

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson (centre) with a host of African leaders at the UK Africa Investment Summit in London. EPA-EFE/Hollie Adams

UK-Africa trade and investment: who benefits?

Ian Scoones, University of Sussex

Trade and investment can help reduce poverty, promote women’s empowerment, and support children’s rights. It can also do the opposite.

Chinese cobra (Naja atra) with hood spread. Briston/Wikimedia

Snakes could be the original source of the new coronavirus outbreak in China

Haitao Guo, University of Pittsburgh; Guangxiang “George” Luo, University of Alabama at Birmingham; Shou-Jiang Gao, University of Pittsburgh

A new coronavirus related to SARS and MERS has now traveled from China to the United States. A genetic analysis reveals that this deadly pathogen may have originated in snakes.

Politics + Society

Why ‘too many cooks in the kitchen’ could inhibit a peace deal in Libya

Jacob Mundy, Colgate University

Can the key external enablers of Libya's conflict also be peacemakers?

How the world failed West Papua in its campaign for independence

Emma Kluge, University of Sydney

International political dynamics sabotaged West Papuans' attempts to ride the waves of decolonisation efforts by Asian and African countries throughout the 1940s to the 1960s.

World Education Day

How to fix the gap between school and work in South Africa

Kobus Maree, University of Pretoria

There are a few things South Africa needs to do to close the gap between what the education system produces and what the job market needs.

I asked Tanzanians about studying in China: here’s what they said

Hezron Makundi, University of Dar es Salaam

Over the past 30 years China has turned into a major study-abroad hotspot for thousands of African students.

Global education rankings may overlook poor graduation rates

Louis Volante, Brock University; Francesca Borgonovi, UCL; Jo Ritzen, Maastricht University

Implementing educational policies that promote long-term achievement and attainment is possible, but requires going beyond news headlines.

Academic freedom: repressive government measures taken against universities in more than 60 countries

Kirsten Roberts Lyer, Central European University

Universities are increasingly under threat everywhere.

Why Ghana is struggling to get its language policy right in schools

Joyce Esi Bronteng, University of Cape Coast; Ilene Berson, University of South Florida; Michael J Berson, University of South Florida

Inadequate public education on a new language policy has generated resistance from parents at the early childhood education level in Ghana

Calls to use Nigerian languages at school are going unheard

Maduabuchi Sennen Agbo, University of Benin

Schools are still not using Nigerian languages to teach students

En français

Le cannabis médical intéresse aussi les vétérinaires

Nicolas Authier, Université Clermont Auvergne

L’usage du cannabis thérapeutique est désormais légal dans de nombreux pays. Après le secteur de la santé humaine, le chanvre pourrait bien partir à l’assaut du marché de la santé animale.

Chine : L’ascension d’une nouvelle grande puissance philanthropique

Fabrice Jaumont, Fondation Maison des Sciences de l'Homme (FMSH) – USPC; Charles Sellen, Indiana University

Historiquement, la Chine a une très ancienne tradition de générosité philanthropique remontant à plus de trois millénaires : quels en sont les enjeux aujourd’hui ?

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