30 August 19

African farmers are using killer chemicals to grow food

Earlier this month, the Route to Food Initiative published a study [PDF] revealing the widespread use of pesticides by Kenyan farmers, using chemicals banned in Europe but approved by the Kenyan Pest Control Products Board. However, this isn’t only a
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29 August 19

Can East African leaders push for reforms in Eritrea?

More than a year since Eritrea and Ethiopia stunned the world by signing an unprecedented peace deal, the narrative on human rights issues in Eritrea is the same. Young people continue to flee the country, citing the horrific conditions of
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29 August 19

Can Burundi avoid crisis with next year’s presidential election?

The last time Burundi held a presidential election, the country descended into one of  East Africa’s most volatile civil conflicts. More than 1,200 people have been killed since President Pierre Nkurunziza announced he would run for a third term in
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13 August 19

Somalia is in a lose-lose situation over Kenya border spat

An ongoing maritime border dispute between Somalia and Kenya has placed pressure on bilateral ties between the two countries since 2014 and threatened security in the Horn and East African regions.

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08 August 19

Politics has lost its charm among Somalia’s youth

POLITICS is perhaps the most commonly used word in every sphere of life these days. Now, when independent Somalia has reached the age of 59, why not have a look at the youth and their perception of politics? Independent Somalia
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08 August 19

A Sidama referendum won’t fix Ethiopia’s ethnic troubles

Dozens of people were killed in southern Ethiopia last month during clashes between activists from the country’s Sidama ethnic group and security forces. Ethiopia’s fifth-largest ethnic group is demanding its own federal state and the constitution legally binds the government
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30 July 19

The ICC needs to investigate EU migrant policies killing migrants

In June, two human rights lawyers filed a complaint at the International Criminal Court (ICC) against the European Union, accusing the regional bloc of crimes against humanity over the migration policy of member states. Juan Branco and Omer Shatz submitted
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29 July 19

Kenya’s unfinished railway & the danger of over-reliance on China

Kenya’s Mombasa-Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway has proven very popular with travellers moving between the country’s capital and the coastal city on Mombasa. However, the real aim of the project was to boost trade freight heading from the Kenyan coast to
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23 July 19

How Africa’s technology drive is being hijacked

Africa has become one of the most active regions in the world in terms of technology innovation. The most present example on a daily basis has been the rapid adoption of mobile technology, which seen the continent essentially leapfrog fixed-line
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12 July 19

Lifting the resource curse from Kenya’s nascent oilfields

Since the first discoveries of substantial oil reserves in Kenya’s Lokichar Basin in 2012, the country has been caught in a seemingly interminable battle to implement the infrastructure, legislation and mechanisms necessary to turn that vast potential into cold hard
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