21 September 18

China in Africa: Mutual partnerships or economic colonialism?

China’s aggressive investment in Africa over the past two decades has divided opinion, with many from the West calling out China’s economic interests as a new form of colonialism. What can’t be debated is the numbers: between 2003-2014, Chinese investment
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18 September 18

Ethnic violence is rising through Ethiopia, staining its ‘new era’ in blood

The impact of Ethiopian prime minister Abiy Ahmed’s short time in office has been celebrated as a new era for the politically troubled nation. He took office at a time when tensions between the country’s largest ethnic groups and the
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02 September 18

Bobi Wine: Who is the pop star MP shaking up Ugandan politics?

On Monday, a frail Bobi Wine appeared before Gulu High Court on Monday, limping into the building with the aid of crutches. The pop star turned MP, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi, has become the icon of opposition in
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31 August 18

Is Abiy Ahmed about to deliver the change Ethiopia needs?

In his first press conference since taking office in April, Ethiopia’s new prime minister Abiy Ahmed promised to continue with his dramatic reforms “at any cost” as he promised the nation’s public a “free and fair election” in 2020. This
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22 August 18

Djibouti: from island of stability to agent of chaos?

For the past decade, Djibouti has been a tiny haven in the Horn of Africa, mostly free from the tension simmering elsewhere in the region. This has produced an influx of investment that has turned Djibouti into one of Africa’s
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21 August 18

South Sudan: Can any peace deal involving Kiir and Machar last?

South Sudan’s leaders once again claim the country’s civil war is over – something we’ve heard numerous times before. Of course, this time they tell us it’s different and, in many ways, it is – but there are two key
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02 August 18

Why the DRC’s election hopes currently pin on a former ‘warlord’

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has been impatiently waiting for an election since President Joseph Kabila’s second term ended in December 2016. Despite the country’s constitution limiting leaders to a maximum of two terms in charge, Kabila has refused
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31 July 18

How ports in the Horn of Africa are shaping and breaking unlikely partnerships

Eritrea and Ethiopia’s unlikely peace efforts over the past few months have inspired a renewed sense of optimism for the Horn of Africa. The region’s bitter enemies have promised to become economic partners and Ethiopian prime minister Abiy Ahmed hasn’t
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28 July 18

Why does the world ignore the dark side of development in Africa?

Earlier this week, more than 30,000 residents in Kenya were left homeless after their homes were demolished by government cranes and bulldozers. Homes, schools, medical centres and businesses were all destroyed in Kenya’s largest slum – all in the name
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26 July 18

What do we know about about South Sudan’s power-sharing deal?

South Sudan’s warring political rivals signed a power-sharing deal on Wednesday – the latest attempt to bring an end to the country’s five-year civil war.

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