Africa: How Will Islamic State Setbacks Impact Africa?
The recent liberation of Mosul in Iraq is just one of many setbacks for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Military upsets, territorial losses and financial pressures have… Read more »
Southern Africa: The Mysterious Allure of the Southern African Development Community
Some eyebrows were raised when South Africa's President Jacob Zuma announced last weekend that Comoros had been admitted as the Southern African Development Community's (SADC) 16th… Read more »
Congo-Brazzaville: Is Sassou Nguesso Constructing a Fractured 'New Republic'?
The highly contested 2015 constitutional referendum in the Republic of the Congo set in motion a process of institutional reform which the government packaged as the construction… Read more »
Africa: Can the Zambian Intervention Resuscitate the Commonwealth?
In the dying days of the British Empire, as Whitehall mandarins grasped for new ways to maintain their global influence, the Commonwealth of Nations came into being. The… Read more »
South Africa: Labour and Economic Policy in South Africa
Ahead of the 1994 elections, the ANC was dependent on the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) to provide it with a national election machine. Since then, labour has… Read more »
Africa: The Fight Against Corruption in Africa Is On
The African Union (AU) has marked 2018 as the year for 'Winning the Fight Against Corruption: A Sustainable Path to Africa's Transformation'. Anti-corruption activists and… Read more »
Kenya: Will Kenya Always Be the Country of the Future?
Two cheers for democracy. That would probably be a fair verdict on last week's general elections in Kenya. It was free-ish and fair-ish. Over 15 million Kenyans stood in lines,… Read more »
Africa: Marikana Demands Truth, Justice and Accountability
Five years ago today members of the South African Police Service (SAPS) shot dead 34 mineworkers and injured 78. Some of the injured are permanently disabled. Read more »
South Africa: South Africa Must Move Beyond Its Organised Crime Clichés
Organised crime is a serious and growing menace in South Africa. And with its debilitating social and economic effects on the country, it requires immediate attention. However, the… Read more »
South Africa: Employment Must Be Central to the Country's Economy
Only an economy where employment is placed at the centre of economic policymaking will work for South Africa. This will require a complete shift in mindset. Read more »
Africa: Saudi Arabia-Qatar Rift Rattles the Region
Since King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, 81, came to power in 2015, Saudi Arabia has pursued a foreign policy described by many analysts and diplomats as aggressive - a politically… Read more »
Africa: Is Trump Militarising US-Africa Policy?
'The US is waging a massive shadow war in Africa ... The war you've never heard of,' the online journal VICE News recently announced. 'Today, according to U.S. military documents… 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 »
Africa: As South Africa's Leaders Quarrel, the Real Struggle Continues
If you watch political events or have even a marginal interest in politics, South Africa is a distracting place. Today, in Parliament, there'll be a secret ballot vote of no… Read more »
South Africa: Can the ANC Turn South Africa's Economy Around?
South Africa in 2017 is an infinitely better place than it was in 1990, when negotiations for the country's future started between the National Party, the African National Congress… Read more »
Africa: Al-Shabaab Holds Its Ground Against Somalia's Amnesty Deal
Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed (Farmajo) has employed a classic carrot-and-stick approach to al-Shabaab since taking office in February. In early April, Farmajo… Read more »
Africa: Libyans Hold Their Breath for Another Peace Deal
Last week's ceasefire agreement between two powerful and bitter rivals - the hard-headed maverick General Khalifa Haftar and Fayez al-Sarraj - has once again raised the hopes of… Read more »
Rwanda: The Price to Pay for Development Miracle
Those attending the first YouthConnekt Africa summit in Kigali, Rwanda, earlier this month, heaped praise on the country and its president Paul Kagame. Read more »
South Africa: Parliament to Regulate Public, Private Party Funding
South Africa has no legislation regulating private donations to political parties. Private individuals and companies can donate as much in secret as they wish, leaving the door… Read more »
Africa: Does 'Human Trafficking' Need a New Definition?
Combating human trafficking has become one of the biggest global challenges, attracting high-level pledges of support from world leaders, especially in the West. Read more »
Congo-Kinshasa: Without Elections, the DRC's Economy Will Continue to Slide
Despite their efforts to convince the Congolese population that they have their best interests at heart, the ruling majority and the government of the Democratic Republic of the… Read more »
Southern Africa: Zuma and Dos Santos Manoeuvre to Rule From the Grave
He may seem brazen, but give South African President Jacob Zuma a little - relative - credit for subtlety; he has at least captured the state by proxy, through his business cronies… Read more »
Cameroon: The High Cost of Ignoring Torture in Cameroon
Two months ago, a private contractor working for the United States (US) military posted a photograph on Facebook. It was taken at the Salak military base in Cameroon's far north,… Read more »
Africa: Downstream Costs of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam
The government of Ethiopia is currently constructing the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). Once complete, the GERD will be the largest hydropower facility in Africa (about 6… Read more »
Congo-Kinshasa: Natural Resources Still Awash With Blood
In the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), mining communities mostly depend on their ability to sell what they mine to make a living. So they explore all options to reach… Read more »