20 January 19

What would a Chinese economic slowdown mean for Africa?

China’s extensive investment in Africa has drawn a lot of attention in the Western media over the past couple of decades. The Asian powerhouse has established itself as the single largest investor in Africa, promising to invest $175 billion across
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04 January 19

South Sudan’s rape crisis is shockingly unremarkable

According to new figures from the United Nations, over 1,100 people have suffered sexual violence in South Sudan this year, the highest figure since 2015. Pramila Patten, the UN’s senior-most expert, says rape and abuse is being used by both government
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28 November 18

John Magufuli just proved Tanzania losing aid is a win for China

In Tanzania, the government is stepping up its efforts to criminalise homosexuality, prompting a number of foreign donors to withhold aid to the East African nation in light of recent developments and comment from senior officials. On Tuesday, President John
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24 November 18

This non-profit wants to pay refugees to train AI algorithms

According to the latest figures from UNHCR, there are approximately 30 million refugees and asylum seekers around the world, plus a further 40 million people internally displaced within their own countries -totalling 68.5 million people worldwide. The global refugee crisis is
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15 November 18

UN lifts Eritrea sanctions but difficult questions remain unanswered

After more than a decade of isolating itself from the international community, Eritrea finds itself tentatively stepping back into it. This week, the UN unanimously voted to lift sanctions against the Horn of Africa nation, which have been in place
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30 October 18

Is Abiy Ahmed to blame for the rise of ethnic violence in Ethiopia?

Ethiopia’s new prime minister, Abiy Ahmed, has changed the political dynamics in the East African nation more than anyone could have predicted before he stepped into office in April. His predecessor Hailemariam Desalegn announced his resignation two months earlier, leaving Ethiopia
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23 October 18

Ethiopia’s exiled Olympic runner returns home – but what is he returning to?

As Feyisa Lilesa crossed the finishing of the Men’s Marathon at the Rio 2016 Olympics, he didn’t just claim his silver medal in the running event – he also brought the world’s attention to events taking place in his home country,
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19 October 18

For the Horn of Africa, peace is the easy bit

For two decades, the Horn of Africa has been one of the most hostile corners of the world, its jagged topography reflected in the bitterness of its political relations. Yet the region has become a hive of diplomatic activity over
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05 October 18

The forgotten victims of South Sudan

It is surely one of humanity’s greatest shames that in times of war, it is women who are made to bear the deepest scars of conflict – and habitually denied avenues for redress in times of peace. Reports of rampant
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02 October 18

Why are Gulf nations battling it out for the Horn of Africa?

Things are changing rapidly in the Horn of Africa with the recent peace deal between bitter rivals Eritrea and Ethiopia making the biggest headlines in recent months. There’s no doubt it’s a major breakthrough for the region but the deal
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