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Today: Tuesday 27th December

Guest edited by Mo Ibrahim, the British-Sudanese mobile phones entrepreneur and philanthropist featuring the prize established to combat corruption in African countries, a trip to the islands of Cape Verde to see the prosperous side of Africa and a look at ancient Nubian culture which lives on today.

The business news with Lesley Curwen with a discussion on whether the economic crisis of 2011 has been as bad as that in 2008 with Pippa Malmgren, former adviser to President George W Bush, former Chancellor Alistair Darling and Richard Lambert, former head of the CBI.

This year saw an urgent appeal for food aid in the horn of Africa, where famine was declared. A poignant time then for our guest editor, Mo Ibrahim, to pose the question why can't Africa feed itself given that we are told about 12% of the world's arable land is in the African continent. East Africa correspondent, Will Ross, has been looking into the challenges faced by farmers in Kenya.

A centre-left think tank is warning that Britain's economy is facing a "bleak" new year, with a real risk of return to recession during 2012. The Institute for Public Policy Research's (IPPR) Tony Dolphin and entrepreneur Will Davies discuss what is in store for the economy in 2012.

The business news with Lesley Curwen.

Our guest editor, Mo Ibrahim, played a key role in growing Africa's mobile communications industry and it is now estimated that half of Africa's one billion people own a mobile. Mo Ibrahim was keen to explore the implications for the continent's media landscape: has the ubiquity of mobile phones reduced the relevance of the traditional media? He asked Amadou Mahter Ba, co-founder of the African news website allafrica.com, to investigate.

Mo Ibrahim was keen to include on his programme some of the voices of young people from the African continent. Here are some young South Africans on their hopes for the future.

It is being reported that changes to the health service will pave the way for NHS hospitals to earn up to half of their income from private work. Roy Lilley, independent health policy analyst and former chair of an NHS trust, reflects on the implications.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

The Mo Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership is awarded to an African leader who governs well in terms of delivering security, health, education and economic development for their people. Evan Davis caught up with Dr Ibrahim at this year's prizegiving event in Tunis, together with two past winners, Festus Mogae, the former president of Botswana and Joaquim Chissano, the former president of Mozambique.

A review of the papers.

An 18-year-old man has been stabbed to death in London, on one of the UK's busiest shopping streets. The victim died outside the Foot Locker sports shop on Oxford Street, near the junction with Stratford Place. The BBC's Rebecca Barry reports.

Thought for the Day with Bishop Angaelos, General Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the UK.

French citizens who live outside their home country are to get their own representatives for the first time with eleven MPs to be elected next year on behalf of the two and a half million strong French expatriate community. There will be MPs for the US and Canada, Northern Europe, and North and East Africa. British expat Brian Cave and now lives in France and Labour peer, Lord Lipsey debate if it is time the UK followed suit.

This year the Mo Ibrahim Foundation awarded its Prize for Achievement in African Leadership to Pedro Pires, the former president of Cape Verde, a 10 island republic less than 600 kilometres off Africa's western coast, a quiet regional success story. Evan Davis went to Cape Verde to find out what is behind this small republic's success.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

A professor of fertility studies at Imperial College London has told the Independent newspaper of the "scandalous exploitation" of people trying for an IVF baby. Professor Robert Winston explains why he thinks the market is driven by greed on the part of the clinics and desperation on the part of the would-be parents. And Professor Alison Murdoch, head of Newcastle Fertility Centre, gives her reaction.

Our guest editor Mo Ibrahim is very proud of his Nubian heritage. But who are the Nubians? Sudan correspondent James Copnall has been finding out.

It is being reported that Syrian army tanks are being pulled out of the troubled city of Homs, where civilians were reported to have been killed by the security forces yesterday. An anonymous activist in Homs describes what has been going on in Babr Amr, the neighbourhood where the violence has been at its worst.

The business news with Lesley Curwen.

More voices of young people from the African continent on their hopes for the future, this time from Tunisia.

Dr Mo Ibrahim has tried to use his programme to present a different picture of Africa. He sits down with Evan Davis to talk about why he chose to focus on that.



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