The IRON List - September 5, 2017
1. Industry: Nigeria's Afrobeats & Sustainable Development
The Afrobeats industry has contributed less than 1 percent to Africa's largest economy, but has also grown significantly in influence and revenue since 2016. Could this be a new solution to providing decent work and improving social mobility for those living in the country?
"The continent is a billion strong, and the wealth is enormous. The new genres of music from Africa shine a positive light on the continent which is represented by a younger, digitally-connected generation that knows no boundaries." --The Guardian, "How Nigeria's Afrobeats are redefining the sound of Africa"
"In Lagos, Africa's biggest city, legitimate music stores are rare, streaming services haven't caught on and fans are flocking to markets like Computer Village...shading young men selling illegal downloads."--New York Times, "Nigeria’s Afrobeats Music Scene Is Booming, but Profits Go to Pirate"
"'Artists can pay taxes. Taxes would help with building roads, creating electricity...We need to establish a collecting society so that when radio [stations] play the songs, they pay. And then something goes to you, as the government, to help build a good country.'”--Reuters, "Nigeria's music scene becomes a cultural export"
2. Research: Teaching Entrepreneurship
A 2017 report from the African Development Bank (AfDB) highlights business ownership as a method of reducing unemployment in Africa, but how equipped are entrepreneurs to start and maintain income-generating companies? In Uganda, teaching entrepreneurship in secondary schools and colleges is the first step. Read the report here.
3. Opportunities: Paid, Volunteer and Competitive
Associate Research Scientist / Research Scientist at Yale School of Medicine: Center for Biomedical Data Science
Medical Staff Volunteers needed at Amazing Grace Children's Foundation
Division Manager roles at the African Development Bank
Nominate a rising female African leader for the Future of Women Award
Call for Applications for the 2018/2019 Georg Arnhold Visiting Research Professorship in Education for Sustainable Peace at the Georg Eckert Institute
4. Networking: Africa 2030 Week and the United Nations General Assembly
Africa 2030 Week 2017 is a series of events during the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly on September 18-20th all focusing on Africa and the Diaspora. RSVP via Eventbrite.
Financing for the Future - Education 2030 is a side event hosted by the Kingdom of Norway, Republic of France, Republic of Malawi and Republic of Senegal at the UNGA on September 20, 2017. The focus of the event will be "reposition education at the center of the political agenda." Register for the event here.