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...

Why Peacekeeping Fails
Jul 30, 2019

Why Peacekeeping Fails

Consulting Scandals: Holding the Accountants Accountable
Jul 23, 2019

Consulting Scandals: Holding the Accountants Accountable

From Africa to Europe and Beyond, Democracy Is in Crisis
Jul 19, 2019

From Africa to Europe and Beyond, Democracy Is in Crisis

Africa’s Long Road to Democracy

Africa’s Long Road to Democracy

Jul 18, 2019

The violation of human rights across the African continent began as a struggle for self-rule in the mid-20th century. Except for Liberia, which European countries assumed was an American colony, and Ethiopia, which was never colonized due to Haile Selassie’s resistance to Italian invasion,...

What Happens in Africa Matters in Europe

What Happens in Africa Matters in Europe

Jul 17, 2019

The African continent is home to 54 countries, more than 1.2 billion people and around 2,000 languages. Its challenges and success stories are as diverse as the breadth of its landmass. In terms of GDP growth, Africa is the world’s second fastest-developing region. A 2018 report by the Overseas...

Nigeria: Are We Really and Truly One Country?

Nigeria: Are We Really and Truly One Country?

Apr 25, 2019

“No one lays claim to Nigeria.” It was a statement made casually by my boss at work, yet it carried such weight in my young mind. Perhaps this is the worst sin of all that we leisurely walk through our country like it doesn’t belong to us, casually engaging in tribalism and nepotism as we...

The Battle for the Future of the Arab World

The Battle for the Future of the Arab World

Apr 24, 2019

Today’s protesters have a leg up on their counterparts from the Arab Spring of 2011. Momentous developments across North and East Africa suggest the long-drawn-out process of political transition in the region — as well as the Middle East — is still in its infancy. So too does popular...

Looking toward 2030: The Future of Aid

Looking toward 2030: The Future of Aid

Feb 15, 2019

A decade until 2030 looks like a long time, but not when the world is faced with crises on multiple fronts that require sustained action. The world was intended to be a better place when the international community pledged commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) after the...

Hostility Still Looms in Ivory Coast and Liberia

Hostility Still Looms in Ivory Coast and Liberia

Jan 25, 2019

After the ICC acquitted Laurent Gbagbo of crimes against humanity, the fear of renewed violence in Ivory Coast is growing. The roads to peace in Ivory Coast and Liberia have been quite similar. In both cases, external forces and the arrest of political figures responsible for the escalation of...

Peace in the Central African Republic Requires Patience

Peace in the Central African Republic Requires Patience

Jan 21, 2019

Central Africans have good reason to be skeptical about the peace process. This week will start the next, and possibly final, round of an African Union-led peace dialogue on the Central African Republic (CAR) held in Khartoum. The talks will bring together the CAR government of the 14 armed...

Refining the UN’s Approach to the Water-Security Nexus

Refining the UN’s Approach to the Water-Security Nexus

Dec 03, 2018

In many ongoing armed conflicts, water has been used as a weapon of war, but it can also be a strong instrument of peace. Today, the world is increasingly aware of the dramatic meaning of water. Water stress and water-related disasters are among the main consequences of global warming and have...

The Technology Space Is Rapidly Evolving in Africa, and It’s Not All Good News

The Technology Space Is Rapidly Evolving in Africa, and It’s Not All Good News

Nov 23, 2018

The lack of technology policy and its poor implementation can lead to economic and political instability, and the effects of this are magnified in African countries with weak rule of law. One of the poorest countries in Africa is getting serious about going digital. In October, the Malawian...

African Leaders and Repression Seem Inseparable

African Leaders and Repression Seem Inseparable

Oct 31, 2018

Barring a few exceptions, the African continent is littered with despots whose insatiable thirst for power knows no decency or respect for human rights. Ugandans and indeed the international community watch on as nearly two months of tension-stoked drama gets a brief interlude with the...

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