September 19, 2017

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Famines in the 21st Century? It’s Not for Lack of Food

A woman holding her young malnourished baby queues for food at the Badbado camp for Internally Displaced Persons (IPDs).   (UN Photo/Stuart Price, CC License)

Famines result from cumulative processes we can observe and predict. That means we can prevent them through timely public action. Read More »

What Does the Next OPEC Meeting Have in Store?

(Photo by Day Donaldson, Creative Commons License)

The next OPEC meeting on the 2nd of June will act as little more than a forum for continued altercations between Saudi Arabia and Iran. 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 »

Ethiopia’s Stellar Growth

Addis Ababa's skyline is dotted with high rise buildings. (Photo by  Laika ac, Creative Commons License)

Over the last decade, Ethiopia has emerged as one of the fastest-growing economies in Africa. Even though “double-digit” growth has become something of an official mantra, independent appraisals still put it at over 10 percent from 2003-13, double the sub-Saharan average. Growth is driven by a determined government policy of creating the conditions for development, notably through a massive level of infrastructural investment. Read More »

How Much Longer Can OPEC Hold Out?

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With the huge reduction in its revenues and growing discomfort among its members such as Venezuela, Libya and Nigeria over its current production levels, is OPEC really getting weaker? Read More »

Buhari’s Victory in Nigerian Election Has Global Significance

Buhari first came to power in December 1983 in a coup d'état . (Photo via  Daily Post, Nigeria)

What appears to be a peaceful transference of presidential power in Nigeria -- unprecedented in the country's history -- has global significance in the fight against religious extremism. Read More »

Five African Elections to Watch in 2015

An election worker plasters posters ahead of elections in Nigeria. (Photo by Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, Creative Commons License)

With elections slated for 15 sub-Saharan African states in 2015, Africa Check looks ahead at the polls for executive leadership in five volatile states. Read More »

View from Africa: Is Nigeria Too Big to Fail?

(Photo via The Advocate, Nigeria)

The destruction of Boko Haram will not necessarily lead to a more peaceful and stable Nigeria. The extremist group rose out of a toxic brew of corruption, religion, politics and ethno-regionalism, in which struggles over Nigeria’s vast oil revenues have played out for decades. Read More »

Africa in 2014: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

UNICEF and AJCOM team on the ground sensitizing people in Conakry (Guinea) about Ebola. Teaching children handwashing and its importance. (Photo by UNICEF Guinea, Creative Commons License)

For some parts of Africa 2014 has been a bad year. Wars in South Sudan and the Central African Republic continued, and Libya all but imploded. But the year was also good for ruling parties and former liberation movements in Southern Africa. From Namibia to Botswana, South Africa and Mozambique, those in power stayed in power. Read More »

Northeast Nigeria – A Forgotten Crisis

IDPs from Damboa village in Borno State sheltering in the home of a relative. 
(Photo by Aminu Abubakar/IRIN)

A major crisis in brewing in northeastern Nigeria where more than 400,000 people, who have been forced to flee their homes due to ongoing violence by militant Islamist group Boko Haram, are in "urgent need" of assistance, humanitarian agencies say. This number is likely to increase as attacks against civilians escalate. Read More »