Opinion & Analysis

Mar 13, 2017
Tanzania’s President John Magufuli is praised by some for his “no nonsense” attitude. Reuters/Thomas Mukoya Rob Ahearne, University of East London The Arusha Declaration of 1967 is a defining document…
Mar 09, 2017
New militant groups have emerged in Nigeria’s Delta region. Reuters/George Esiri Tarila Marclint Ebiede, University of Leuven and Arnim Langer, University of Leuven The introduction of disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration…
Mar 07, 2017
President Robert Mugabe’s government announced a late Monday afternoon deal to hand its employees $180 million in 2016 bonuses, only just managing to head off a planned strike. With an…
Mar 06, 2017
A man-made famine? That question has been on the lips a lot in recent days after it was declared in South Sudan. The last time this happened in Africa, or…
Mar 01, 2017
The African Union (AU) has launched a pan-African passport. The idea behind the initiative is that the free movement of people will help create jobs and stimulate economic activity. This,…
Feb 27, 2017
The African Union (AU) held its 28th Summit in Addis Ababa recently. The meeting was markedly different to previous ones because the organisation showed it was serious about finding practical,…
Feb 23, 2017
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) provides financial assistance to countries in economic trouble. But its policy proposals don’t always yield positive results for the countries it purports to help. For…
Feb 21, 2017
When G20 leaders meet later this year in Hamburg, investment in Africa’s future will be high on their agenda. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has already committed to using her presidency…
Feb 21, 2017
Over the last three decades there’s been some progress towards institutionalising multiparty democracy in sub-Saharan Africa. Despite this elections in the region rarely result in changes of government. A recent…
Feb 19, 2017
The native range of the Fall armyworm – Spodoptera frugiperda – is in South and North America. But it’s rapidly spreading across southern Africa. This follows the first reports of…
Feb 16, 2017
Food advertising strongly influences the eating choices of adults, adolescents and children alike. But TV and magazine adverts often carry misleading health and nutrition claims. Advertisers use persuasive techniques to…
Feb 12, 2017
The idea of establishing an alternative credit rating agency led by the BRICS bloc of countries is gaining momentum. But there are questions as to whether it will prosper given…
Feb 05, 2017
What is next for Africa's newest democracy? The Gambian political crisis appears to be over with President Adama Barrow having taken the reins of power, successfully and peacefully, with the…
Jan 29, 2017
Ford South Africa has suffered huge damage to its reputation thanks to its poor handling of a crisis involving some of its Kuga cars. The global car manufacturer’s local operation…

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