A Kenyan Journey Through Slums to Posh Places

Dec 23, 2019

My Kenyan friends have long asked me to write on their country. After much hesitation, I am penning my impressions. At the outset, readers must know that I am no expert on Kenya. So, they must take everything I write with a fistful if not a pinch of salt. The most striking impression I have of...

For Nigeria’s Women, the Threat of Sexual Violence Is Never Far Away
Nov 29, 2019

For Nigeria's Women, the Threat of Sexual Violence Is Never Far Away

Is South Africa Heading for a Storm?
Nov 26, 2019

Is South Africa Heading for a Storm?

Me Too Movement: A History of Women Taking Charge
Nov 15, 2019

Me Too Movement: A History of Women Taking Charge

Why Is the Radical Right Obsessed With Southern Africa?

Why Is the Radical Right Obsessed With Southern Africa?

Sep 12, 2019

In 2018, the President of the United States Donald Trump posted a rather enigmatic tweet about“farm seizures and expropriations and the large scale killing of farmers” by the South African government. What initially seemed puzzling was soon everywhere. A few days later, during the former UK...

Malawi Can Be Aid Independent If Communities Are Empowered

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

Why Peacekeeping Fails

Jul 30, 2019

The United Nations was not even three years old when it launched its first peacekeeping mission in 1948. For the last 70 years, it has been continuously involved in such operations, often with mixed results. Over this time, peacekeeping and the wars to which it has been applied have changed. The...

Consulting Scandals: Holding the Accountants Accountable

Consulting Scandals: Holding the Accountants Accountable

Jul 23, 2019

International business consultancy and accounting firms have reached an unchartered phase in the business life cycle. These behemoths of commerce, often tasked with keeping both public and private sector players in check, have now grown powerful enough to pose a threat to entire countries, if not...

From Africa to Europe and Beyond, Democracy Is in Crisis

From Africa to Europe and Beyond, Democracy Is in Crisis

Jul 19, 2019

Democracy is in crisis across the globe. The problem of understanding what “the people” want or whose authority they will accept has become a dilemma for both the new democracies with their fragile economies that emerged in the period of European decolonization following World War II and the...

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...

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