Hugo Norton

Hugo Norton is an Africa Policy Analyst and Advisor at an economic consultancy firm in Brussels. He is also an aspiring freelance writer and passionate observer of the politics and lifestyle in Africa.

How New Technologies Can Avert Agricultural Devastation

Oct 03, 2018

Agricultural technologies could help to obviate the effects of climate change and ensure the planet’s population growth doesn’t lead to a global hunger epidemic. As the world reels from a series of freakish weather phenomena, a new report from the UN suggests climate change will carve the global agricultural community...

Cautious Optimism for Peace in the Horn of Africa

Aug 06, 2018

With Ethiopia and Eritrea pushing for peace, will Djibouti declare diplomatic war? These are heady times in the Horn of Africa. A monumental rapprochement orchestrated over the past month by Ethiopia’s new, reformist prime minister, Abiy Ahmed, has effectively ended the decades-long cold war between Ethiopia and Eritrea. Addis Ababa...

Ebola Outbreak Couldn't Have Come at a Worse Time for DRC

May 21, 2018

The most recent Ebola outbreak is only the tip of the iceberg of problems faced by the Democratic Republic of Congo. Just when it seemed things couldn’t get any worse in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the conflict-ridden nation has been hit by an outbreak of Ebola. As it is...

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...

For Emmanuel Macron, Is Africa Just PR?

Nov 23, 2017

Some of Macron’s diplomatic initiatives are in danger of looking more like convenient photo opportunities if they fail to deliver results. French President Emmanuel Macron rarely admits that he lacks experience when it comes to high office and foreign affairs. He may have demurred from admitting to Time magazine (which recently...

Taking the Overseas Blinders Off Corporate Governance

Oct 17, 2017

Above-board corporate behavior in the UK does not guarantee ethical conduct elsewhere. In its annual Good Governance report, the Institute of Directors (IoD) assesses the United Kingdom’s largest listed companies against indicators that include board effectiveness, audit and risk accountability, remuneration, shareholder relations and stakeholder relations. Ironically, the IoD index’s...

In Africa, the Digital Chasm Still Looms

Oct 07, 2017

Internet access has long been recognized as essential to breaking down the digital divide that separates the global haves and have-nots. According to some, the promise of the so-called fourth industrial revolution in Africa is nearly boundless. With smartphone usage and internet access on the rise, Africans can now access...

Mudslides in Sierra Leone: Learning to Mourn, But Not to Prevent

Sep 09, 2017

With new aerial images showing that another mudslide in Sierra Leone is imminent, the country is in a race against time to avoid the same situation happening again. Sierra Leone is still reeling following one of the worst catastrophes to hit Africa in recent memory. Having barely recovered from the...

The Best Way to Tap the Full Potential of Africa’s Diaspora

Jul 31, 2017

With its diaspora bond drive, Nigeria should scrutinize the way Western Union and MoneyGram conduct their business within its borders. Invest money and invest in your country too. That is the simple proposition behind the Nigerian government’s new diaspora bond, which hopes to entice citizens living abroad to help fund...

DRC: Once Again Africa’s Next Tinderbox?

Jun 30, 2017

Just how much can the country take before unravelling? Congolese security forces and a militia battling them have killed more than 3,000 people in the central province of Kasai since October 2016, according to a staggering new report from Congo’s Catholic Church released on June 20. The report is the most detailed...

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