Does Iran Pose a Threat to the Horn of Africa?

September 23, 2020

Ever since 1979, Iran has pursued its interests in the Horn of Africa. To Tehran, this volatile and impoverished part of Africa has represented a region where it could gain strategic depth and undermine agendas of countries seeking to weaken and isolate the Islamic Republic.

East Africa Faces a Cascade of Crises

June 04, 2020

In East Africa, particularly in the Horn of Africa, several crises are currently overlapping. For some time now, climate events such as droughts have been creating major food supply bottlenecks in addition to fueling conflict and war. These issues are being exacerbated by a locust swarm that...

A New Leader in the Wings for Burundi

April 20, 2020

Presidential, parliamentary and municipal elections will take place in Burundi on May 20. The previous polls in 2015 brought the country to the brink. After the ruling party CNDD-FDD proposed that President Pierre Nkurunziza run for a third term — which was considered unconstitutional by many...

Africa’s Mixed Record on Keeping Up With UN Goals

March 10, 2020

Almost five years ago, all member states of the United Nations signed the 2030 Agenda on sustainable development. This agenda includes 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) on global challenges such as poverty, urbanization and climate action, all featuring targets and indicators to measure...

The World Needs to Find a “Way of Knowledge”

January 23, 2020

What happens when Westerners discover and acknowledge a series of identifiable facts? According to Western logic, that body of knowledge puts them in a position to create the tools that will enable them to solve problems. Those tools fall into two broad categories: methods and technology. The...

Malawi Can Be Aid Independent If Communities Are Empowered

August 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...

From Africa to Europe and Beyond, Democracy Is in Crisis

July 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...

Empowering the Developing World, One Bicycle at a Time

May 19, 2019

World Bicycle Relief, a nonprofit organization that builds and distributes bicycles in rural areas of the developing world, is the 2019 winner of the Lipman Prize. The winner of the 2019 Barry & Marie Lipman Family Prize at the University of Pennsylvania is World Bicycle Relief, a...

Investing in African Women Makes Good Business Sense

August 29, 2018

Investing in African women and girls as full partners in the economic future of Africa makes good business sense. There is little doubt that Africa will witness rapid yet uneven economic and demographic growth in the next 20 years. The continent’s rise can positively affect the global economy by...

Planting Seeds of Success in Africa

July 07, 2018

Nonprofit myAgro’s novel financing model is transforming the way African farmers pay for their harvests. The winner of the 2018 Barry & Marie Lipman Family Prize at the University of Pennsylvania is myAgro, a pioneering mobile layaway saving model that enables smallholder farmers to invest...

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