August 17, 2017

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Is the Future of Electoral Democracy Assured in Africa?

16% of Africa's land is arable, the largest share in the world. (Photo via Mo Ibrahim Foundation, CC license)

A closer look at Africa’s elected governments suggests that they are not different from autocratic regimes. The elected ruling elites rely on an intricate web of personal, family, clientelism and ethnic ties, and on the military and intelligence services to control state resources and oppress society. Read More »

Bangladesh: An African Path to Prosperity?

An evening in Dhaka Bangladesh. (Photo by mariusz kluzniak, CC License)

Whether Bangladesh succeeds in meeting its challenges will depend on its ability to improve its infrastructure and tax collection, its willingness to deal with governance and corruption, and to deepen economic inclusion. Few would, on the record of the last 20 years, bet against it. Read More »

What is Important?

Indian troops near Line of Control in Indian administered Kashmir. (Photo via video stream)

The poor of South Asia need compassionate consideration by their ruling elites. Spare them arrogant brinkmanship, says one analyst. Read More »

What Will Brexit Mean for Africa?


Britain's decision to leave the EU will fundamentally affect Africa's relationship with UK in a way that will be damaging to all. Read More »

Angola: Risk and Reward

A view of Luanda's skyline. (Photo by David Stanley, Creative Commons License)

This sub-Saharan country is trying to diversify its economy and reduce its dependency on oil exports. Read More »

2015: Africa for Pessimists

On March 22, 2014, 300 heavily armed RSF fighters attacked this camp for internally displaced persons in Khor Abeche, South Darfur. The assailants set fire to dozens of shelters, stole livestock, and were implicated in acts of sexual and gender-based violence. (Photo by African Union- United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID)/MUBARAK BAKO, Creative Commons License)

Despite all the progress – and there is a lot of that – there are still plenty of bad African news stories. Simon Allison looks at what has gone wrong in 2015. Read More »

What’s Behind Chinese’ Africa Influx?

Chinese construction machinery being moved to a construction site in Angola. (Photo via video stream)

Are the estimated one million or so Chinese nationals who live and work on the African continent a neo-colonialist scourge that matches, if not outstrips, the one that preceded it? Or are they flying solo? Read More »

The Missing Piece in UN Sustainable Development Goals

Communities need to be empowered to deal with crises, such as the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa. unmeer/flickr, CC BY-ND

As Obama travels to Africa, it's a reminder of how people and communities need to play a bigger role in the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. Read More »

Renaissance or Mirage: Can Africa Sustain its Growth?

Rock blasters in Nigeria, (Photo by e.r.w.i.n., Creative Commons License)

How realistic are expectations about Africa’s economic prospects? There are several reasons why we should be both optimistic and cautious about the continent's future economic performance. Read More »

Can the IMF Save Ghana’s Currency?

Ghana's currency, the cedi, has been losing its value fast. (Photo via video stream)

A cool $114 million has just found its way into Ghana’s struggling bank balance, courtesy of a new loan package with the International Monetary Fund. It’s not huge money in the grand scheme of things, but alongside the government’s own reforms – and with more IMF funds on the way – it could be just enough to rescue Ghana’s free-falling cedi and stabilize its wobbly economy. Read More »