Malawi Can Be Aid Independent If Communities Are Empowered

Aug 22, 2019

Malawi is one of the most impoverished nations on the planet. It is experiencing what officials describe as a “population explosion” in a society with inadequate resources. As of 2018, Malawi is the third poorest country in the world with a GDP per capita of only $342, according to the...

Shahidul Alam: Caught in the Crossfire of Bangladesh’s Fledgling Democracy

Oct 24, 2018

How do you persuade a government to release a prisoner, however wrongfully incarcerated, if it doesn’t want to cooperate? Thousands of signatures, tweets, Instagram and Facebook posts. Dozens of articles. Then there are the rallies: from Kathmandu to New York, from Rome to New Delhi, London to...

Acknowledging African Activism’s Complicated Realities

May 25, 2018

As with many other aspects of political and economic life on the continent, there is a complexity to African civil society and grassroots activism that escapes the international eye. Nigerian civil society groups are watching warily as long-running protests in neighboring Niger build in...

DRC Violence: This Time It’s Different

Mar 16, 2018

Should the DRC slip back into the kind of conflict that characterized the previous war, the intervening years of peace will become nothing more than a footnote in a bloody history. For years now, we’ve been seeing headlines about violence and unrest in the Democratic Republic of Congo. But a...

What Needs to Be Done to Make Africa Politically Stable

Jan 06, 2018

Africa is still witnessing an increase in social turbulence, unrest and protest.  Levels of armed conflict flux and wane. In 2017, levels of high fatality violence in Africa were significantly lower than during the immediate post-Cold War period. This trend has occurred in spite of the recent...

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