Mali: Terrorism Puts Education On Hold in Mali
As has been the case annually since the crisis in Mali erupted in 2012, the start of the school year on 9 October was ineffective countrywide. Hundreds of schools remained closed… Read more »
South Africa: Violent Homes Breed Violent Societies
Violence against children is an international crisis. A recent report by Know Violence in Childhood says that 1.7 billion children around the world experienced some form of… Read more »
Africa: Seven Key Trends for the Continent's Future
Opportunities for progress abound in Africa, but governments need to make more strategic investments to improve the development prospects for all on the continent. This is… Read more »
Africa: Africa Must Call for Climate Change Solidarity At the UN
The African Union (AU) has developed an insurance mechanism to help member countries in the case of extreme weather conditions and natural disasters caused by climate change. As… Read more »
Congo-Kinshasa: Protecting Livelihoods is Key to Mining the DRC's Riches
The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has the potential to become Africa's richest economy, going by the quantities of its natural resources. At the centre of the riches are… Read more »
South Africa: Women's Security Must Come First
Today South Africans are commemorating the historic Women's March on 9 August 1956 against apartheid pass laws. Around 20 000 women marched to the Union Buildings in Pretoria to… Read more »
Southern Africa: Is the Region Facing a Food Security Disaster?
A rapidly growing population in Southern Africa means an increasingly higher food demand. And although domestic food production is expected to rise over the next few decades in… Read more »
Africa: Africa Is Stepping Up to Help Save the Oceans
Plastic will outweigh fish in the ocean by 2050 - unless countries start to limit the number of manufactured products that end up as marine debris. This is one way governments are… Read more »
South Africa: Is Protest the Only Way to Achieve Change?
Violent protests in Eldorado Park, Ennerdale and surrounding areas in the south of Johannesburg and in Coligny in North West province have made headlines over the past few weeks.… Read more »
Africa: Population Boom - Burden or Opportunity?
Africa's population is the fastest growing in the world. It is expected to increase by roughly 50% over the next 18 years, growing from 1.2 billion people today to over 1.8 billion… Read more »
Southern Africa: Extreme Poverty Set to Rise Across Region
In Southern Africa, the proportion of people living in extreme poverty (defined as those living on less than US $1.90 per day) is expected to drop over the next 23 years. But, the… Read more »
September 29, 2016
Africa: Bringing Positive Change to Africa
'In everything we do, in all the countries where we work, the ISS is dedicated to making a difference,' says Anton du Plessis, Executive Director of the Institute for Security… Read more »
September 14, 2016
Africa: Term-Limit Changes the Biggest Threat to Democracy?
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe (92) is famous for quirky responses when asked why he has stayed in power since 1980. Asked by journalists whether it isn't time he said farewell… Read more »
August 22, 2016
Africa: Can AU Help South Sudan Where UN Fails?
The world's youngest country is anything but peaceful. Read more »
August 03, 2016
South Sudan: Nation Needs New Ideas, Not UN-Imposed Govt
We can all agree: all is not well in South Sudan. The young country's Independence Day celebrations were marred by renewed fighting, and the peace deal is hanging by the slenderest… Read more »
July 28, 2016
Africa: Championing Maritime Security At the African Union
'Africa cannot afford to remain seablind'. This is how Timothy Walker, researcher at the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) described the importance of harnessing Africa's 'blue… Read more »
July 26, 2016
Africa: Safeguarding Africa's Seaports to Safeguard Its Economies
Seaports play a crucial role in all economies reliant on export and import, especially in African states where maritime transport is the primary form of access to the international… Read more »
July 22, 2016
Mozambique: The Perfect Storm - Mozambique's Compounding Crises
A perfect storm is brewing in Mozambique as rocky economic and political fortunes stoke the embers of a decades-old conflict. Read more »
June 14, 2016
South Africa: You Only Listen When I'm Violent
Violent protest action in South Africa has led to more than a billion rands of damage to state and private infrastructure in recent months. Last week, Higher Education Minister… Read more »
June 30, 2016
Africa: EU's Carrot-and-Stick Stance On Migration
The European Union (EU) is desperately seeking a sustainable solution to the migration crisis. It thinks it has found one; but has it really? Read more »
June 20, 2016
South Africa: Election Violence - Should South Africa Be Worried?
In the last couple of weeks, South Africa's major political parties have begun publishing their manifestos and candidate lists and positioning themselves for the municipal… Read more »
May 23, 2016
Africa: Is Peer Review Mechanism a Poisoned Chalice?
The African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) is showing new signs of life. With the nomination earlier this year of well-known South African academic, Eddy Maloka, as new head of the… Read more »
June 10, 2016
Africa: Male Victims of Sexual Violence - War's Silent Sufferers
Sexual violence is a tactic of war, used to humiliate, dominate and instil fear. It is also increasingly being used as a tactic of terrorism. While the focus has largely been on… Read more »
June 08, 2016
Africa: #WorldOceansDay - Turning Sunken Costs Into Sunken Treasure
Promoting a maritime economy - also referred to as the blue economy - should become a fundamental anchor for development plans in Africa. The African Union's (AU) Africa's… Read more »
June 07, 2016
Nigeria: Boko Haram May Not Be Nation's Biggest Threat
Even as Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari claims to have 'technically defeated Boko Haram,' he's facing another armed rebellion, from a completely different part of the country -… Read more »
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