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Africa in Words: Africa in Words definitely isn’t Buzzfeed, but nonetheless we do like a good list. So, in case you missed any of these lists, we proudly present: our list of lists (in no particular order). For further reading click here.

MGAfrica: WITHIN the last decade considerable focus has been placed on Africa as a lucrative choice for investment. Economic development gurus like Paul Collier, point to the increasing African growth and potential for high returns. Despite being somewhat doubtful about the direction in which the continent is heading in terms of structural transformation, most economists seem certain that individuals looking to make a quick buck ought to have Africa on their radars - this was no different in 2014, and some of the trends seen this year might hold for 2015.

MIC: In recent years, Yeabah and rural villages across Liberia have been fighting off the expansion of the palm oil sector in the country, a result of the Liberian government granting massive concessions to foreign companies without consulting the people actually living on the land. Farms, sacred areas and even graves have been destroyed. Some of the communities that have filed complaints say they have been met with intimidation, harassment and arrest when they have objected to palm oil companies taking their land.

CNN: Senior women in Tanzania are putting indigenous vegetables back on the menu. School grounds are being transformed to provide fresh vegetables for school meals. For further reading click here.

The Guardian: As another Band Aid single contends for Christmas number one, we turn the tables and look at some of the best aid campaign spoofs. To round up the end of the Global Development Professionals Network 2014 coverage, we’ve taken a more lighthearted look at the development sector and picked 11 of the best spoofs or parodies that have made us chuckle. For further reading click here.

Newtimes: As 2014 comes to an end, some women have risen to the forefront by shredding stereotypes and having influence in various fields such as policy making, culture, activism and technology among others. The women on this list are not pioneers in their field per se but they have influenced the news, people’s lives, and embodied what was important about the year 2014. For further reading click here.

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