05 December 19

The unwanted side-effects of Africa’s digital boom

Earlier this year, the World Economic Forum announced that Africa’s digital boom is only just getting started. Investment in African startups more than doubled between 2017 and 2018, reaching a record $1.2 billion and there’s plenty of room for further
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04 December 19

The world needs to pay attention to East Africa’s ‘unprecedented floods’

As world leaders from 200 countries gather in Madrid for the 25th Conference of the Parties (COP25), to discuss ways of tackling the climate crisis, East Africa is still reeling from the effects of unprecedented floods. Kenya, Somalia and South
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03 December 19

This study says climate change hits women hardest in Africa

A new study published by Nature Climate Change analyses the impact of climate change upon men and women across Africa and Asia. The study finds that, while climate crisis is damaging for everyone – and could prove catastrophic for all
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27 November 19

The eerie appeal of Eritrea’s colonial architecture

Eritrea doesn’t top the bucket list of many travellers you’re likely to come across. The country is often dubbed Africa’s most secretive state and compared to the reclusive totalitarianism of North Korea. Last year’s peace deal with Ethiopia brought an
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21 November 19

Study: African nations are among the most dangerous 2020 travel destinations

The latest version of the Travel Risk Map developed by International SOS names a number of African countries among the world’s most dangerous places to travel in 2020. The Central African Republic, Libya, Mali, Somalia and South Sudan are all
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12 November 19

Can Ethiopia heal its ethnic wounds without stifling rights?

So much progress has been made since Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed came into power last April that it’s easy to forget the troubled situation his country was in at the time. Faced with the seemingly impossible task of quelling
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05 November 19

The complexity of Somalia’s war on terror

It’s been 13 years since al-Shabaab was formed as a resistance group against the federal government of Somalia and the AU peacekeeping troops of AMISOM. Long before the rise of al-Shabaab, Somalia has suffered the plight of civil wars, clan-based
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25 October 19

Protests in Ethiopia are already tarnishing its Nobel Peace Prize president

Earlier this month, Ethiopian prime minister Abiy Ahmed won the Nobel Peace Prize “for his efforts to achieve peace and international cooperation, and in particular for his decisive initiative to resolve the border conflict with neighbouring Eritrea.” Two weeks later,
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23 October 19

The health of African children is lowest in large households, study finds

A new study looking at the development factors impacting the health of children in Africa finds that those in countries with the highest population densities and largest households are most disadvantaged.

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14 October 19

As Abiy wins Nobel Peace Prize, Afwerki’s Eritrea remains in the shadows

Ethiopia’s Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed was named the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday. Africa’s youngest leader beat 301 candidates for the award, including 16-year-old Swedish climate change activist, Greta Thunberg, Brazilian environmentalist, Raoni Metuktire, and Hong Kong
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