Education could be a valuable weapon in Africa's fight against corruption. Three business schools - in Nigeria, Tanzania and South Africa - already offer anti-graft coursework, and the results are positive.
Timbuktu was once one of Africa's greatest cities, but centuries of war, colonial rule and, more recently, radical terrorism has taken a toll on its historic buildings. Now, thanks to efforts by Unesco and the town's citizens, these important buildings are being restored to their former glory.
Female taxi drivers could soon be plying the streets of Cairo, carting their female passengers from point A to point B. Pink Taxi Egypt, a new initiative, wants to make female passengers feel safer while using cabs in the city, but it has already faced criticism.
As US President Barack Obama makes an official visit to Kenya and Ethiopia next week, the two East African nations will have a chance to use the media spotlight to showcase the investment opportunities they offer. The US, in turn, could also gain from the trip.
Global celebrities help raise awareness of otherwise ignored causes and can secure pledges from policymakers. Yet their simplified advocacy messages, often divorced from issues of power, can lead to ineffective or even harmful policies.