Africa This Month: Democracy on Trial

February 29, 2016

Despite economic woes, Africa still presents opportunities, and despite challenges, democracy is marching forward in the continent. As per an ancient African proverb, the prettiest flowers bloom amidst the sharpest thorns. Amara Konneh, the finance minister of Liberia, is one such flower. This...

Africa and the West: Revising the Rules of Engagement

March 16, 2014

The West needs to let Africa take charge of its own destiny. Lately, some African countries have signed anti-gay legislations. The consequence has been retribution from the West in the form of withdrawal of aid and vilification in international media. Other countries outside Africa took similar...

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,...

Protracted Refugee Situations: Stuck in Limbo

June 20, 2013

Refugees are increasingly spending more than five years in exile. Host countries and the international community need to deal with the implications of this development. The question of how to treat people who have fled their homes has been around for quite some time. However, a fairly recent...

Obama’s Sub-Saharan Africa Policy: Failure or Miscalculation? (B)

October 22, 2012

Barack Obama’s policy towards Africa has probably not lived up to the expectations that accompanied his election, but instead managed to create an intense debate paving the way for a total change of direction. When Barack Obama was elected in 2008, expressions of joy were seen across the...

Uganda Tries to Double Down on its Demographic Dividend

September 25, 2012

The example of Uganda illustrates how important appropriate measures are in order for a society to benefit from a predominantly young population. Uganda has one of the youngest populations in the world; with 49.9% of its population between 0-14 years of age, the median age of the population...