31 December 17

Has 2017 been a step backwards for politics in East Africa?

African leaders have dominated the news throughout 2017. From Kagame’s third term to Kenyatta’s eventual election win to Kaliba’s refusal to step down, we’ve witnessed a key year for politics across the continent. Above all, it’s been a good year
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22 December 17

How can Somalia win the war against Al-Shabaab?

In February 2007, the United Nations approved the proposed mandate of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). The peacekeeping mission was tasked with supporting the government with national security operations, training the country’s army, assisting in the delivery of
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15 December 17

How long will the world let South Sudan’s government trivialise human rights?

On Thursday, Human Rights Watch (HRW) called on South Sudan’s government to stop delaying the creation of a hybrid court to deal with human rights violations during the country’s civil conflict. “Four years into the conflict, both parties continue to
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14 December 17

Four challenges African innovation needs to tackle

Innovation is highlighted as a key driver for Africa’s long-term development. In the words of Makhtar Diop, the World Bank’s Vice President for Africa: “Innovation is absolutely key to African stability and growth in the coming decades”. However, the continent faces
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07 December 17

Kenya’s political crisis is deepening and there’s little hope for a speedy resolution

The past year has been incredibly challenging for Kenyan politics and there’s no end in sight for the country’s ongoing crisis. While the government is calling for unity and doing everything it can to play down the severity of tension
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05 November 17

South Sudan’s youth live a life of war and daytime partying

South Sudan is one of the most dangerous places in the world for young people. Only seven countries see more young people die per year than the East African nation, which has been locked in a bitter civil war since
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31 October 17

How many African nations will follow Burundi’s departure from the ICC

Last week, Burundi became the first nation to withdraw from the Rome Statute, bringing an end to the International Criminal Court’s jurisdiction in the African country. A year after the country first threatened to abandon the Hague-based court, Burundi has
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24 October 17

Why time could be Africa’s biggest manufacturing challenge

For years, experts have been pointing towards manufacturing as an essential drive of African economies. Deemed integral to the “awakening giant” predictions, manufacturing is expected to do similar things for Africa as it has done for China’s impressive economic rise
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20 October 17

A new report says girls in South Sudan are the least likely in the world to attend school

Last week, a new report from One Campaign revealed that girls in South Sudan are the world’s least likely to attend school. The report, entitled Poverty is Sexist: Why educating every girl is good for everyone, estimates that 130 million girls
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18 October 17

Rwanda could be the country to lead the region’s green energy push

Over the last decade, Rwanda has established itself as a key innovator in the East Africa region. It’s a grand transformation from a country famous for the most memorable genocide in recent times, among other challenges typical for African nations
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