May-December Politics in Sub-Saharan Africa

February 05, 2014

Africa must ensure that youth have an opportunity to engage in all aspects of society. In 2009, African leaders met in Addis Ababa to declare 2009-2018 as the "African Youth Decade." Despite rhetoric promising to mobilize resources to help spur human development and curb unemployment,...

Boko Haram: Threatening West Africa?

July 05, 2013

Nicholas A. Heras speaks to Jacob Zenn about Nigeria's Boko Haram and its possible influence on West Africa. Nicholas A. Heras: To what degree does Boko Haram represent a threat to international security? Is it accurate to say that Boko Haram is primarily a Nigeria-based militant movement...

Tontines: The Informal Financial Sector in Cameroon

January 16, 2013

Tontines in Cameroon are an important part of the informal financial sector that provides individuals who are unable to access money from formal financial sectors with cash. Although this has fostered development and helped individuals overcome extreme poverty, the IFS is yet to address...