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AFCFTA

Can the peace-trade equation stabilise the Horn?

Shewit Woldemichael Senai W Andemariam

4min
Aid_worker

Humanitarian workers under attack: trends in sub-Saharan Africa

Mirza López Gil

3min
SANDF

South Africa's defence policy in need of a resupply

John Stupart

5min
Boko_Haram_Nigeria_2

Dialogue with Boko Haram: back on the agenda?

Akinola Olojo

4min
Uber_driver

Uber, uber on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?

Anri van der Spuy

3min
Modi

Narendra Modi’s re-election as India’s Prime Minister: Implications for Africa

Abhijnan Rej

6min
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The healing effects of yoga in Africa

Nisreen Ismail

3min
LGBTI_Africa_Getty

Decriminalising same sex conduct in Africa – Part II

Kari Mugo

6min
Youth_Employment_Getty

It’s not just about skills, it’s about employability

Maryana Iskander

4min
Kenya_LGBQT

Decriminalising same sex conduct in Africa – Part I

Kari Mugo

6min
Cyber_crime

New Bill offers robust game plan against cybercrime in South Africa

Hanneke Van der Westhuizen

5min
João_Lourenço

Angola under Lourenço: more than just a promising start?

Peter Fabricius

4min
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Principles, practice, and the private sector’s role in malnutrition: Time to review red lines?

Stuart Gillespie Nick Nisbett

4min
LibyaMap2_Getty

Stopping the war for Tripoli

International Crisis Group (ICG)

16min
UNpeackeeper_Getty

India, Africa and peacekeeping: Beyond the responsibility to protect – Part II

Abhijnan Rej

5min
Indian peackeeepers_Getty

India, Africa and the future of peacekeeping - Part I

Abhijnan Rej

5min
Quirimbas National Park

East Africa: Marine-based 'blue economies' offer massive potential

Emma-Jane Fuller Romy Chevallier

3min
ElSisi_Getty

Q&A: Egypt uncontested

Nadeen Shaker

6min
Ghana youth_Getty

Rethinking Ghana's youth development architecture: The case for a separate Youth Ministry

Emmanuel Edudzie

6min
SAFlag_Getty

From our research library: Essential reads ahead of the South African elections

5min
SudanUnrestDemo_Getty

Return of the generals: Reflections on the military coups in Zimbabwe and Sudan

David Kiwuwa

5min
Azali Assoumani_Getty

SADC turns a blind eye to trouble in the Comoros

Liesl Louw-Vaudran

4min
UgandaWomenProtest_Getty

Addressing sex workers' lack of access to health services in the SADC region

Lisa-Anne Julien

4min
InternationalSpaceStation_Getty

Creating greater inclusion for an African Space Agency

Timiebi Aganaba-Jeanty

4min
Imprisonment_Getty

Sub-Saharan Africa makes strides against the death penalty despite regressive steps by a minority of countries

Oluwatosin Popoola

3min

What do the lessons from the Rwandan genocide mean to us now, 25 years later?

What do the lessons from the Rwandan genocide mean to us now, 25 years later?

Allan Thompson

4min
AU conf_Getty

The African Union’s self-financing agenda: 3 ideational measures that should guide it

Babatunde Fagbayibo

5min
Sudanhealth_Getty

Q&A: Achieving universal health coverage in Africa

Linda Nordling

3min
Spacepolicy_Getty

Towards realising a regional African space programme

Timiebi Aganaba-Jeanty

4min
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Repealing Kenya’s anti-LGBT Penal Code: Activists remain hopeful despite hurdles

Kari Mugo

5min
Algeriademos_Getty

Algeria’s pre-election protests put ageing regime under pressure

International Crisis Group (ICG)

6min

Call for Abstracts: Women, Power and Policymaking

Call for Abstracts: Women, Power and Policymaking
3min
TRC hearings_Getty

After the TRC: South Africa’s missed opportunity of prioritising mental health and psycho-social support

Friederike Bubenzer

8min
Sisi_Getty

Sisi’s chairmanship is not the tonic the African Union currently needs

Babatunde Fagbayibo

5min
Reaper_Getty

Drone strikes a growing threat to African civilians

Zachary Donnenfeld

4min
Paul Kagame_Getty

Kagame's AU reforms will struggle to survive without him

Yarik Turianskyi

3min
Graduation_Getty

Global university rankings and the nuance they omit

Lisa-Anne Julien

4min
Ethiopiarefugees_Getty

IN DEPTH: Unpacking Ethiopia's revised refugee law

Mehari Taddele Maru, Dr

11min
AU Summit 2019_Getty

8 priorities for the African Union in 2019

International Crisis Group (ICG)

16min
RamaphosaModi_Getty

Reimagining India-Africa relations in a world in flux

Abhijnan Rej

4min
Socialmedia_Getty

Zimbabwe: Fake news and its effects in a time of crisis

Ranga Mberi

4min
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What to expect from Brookings' Foresight Africa 2019 report

Brahima S. Coulibaly

4min
Bensouda_Getty

After Gbagbo’s acquittal, it's time for the ICC to confront its demons

Marie Gibert

4min
RamaphosaKagame_Getty

Are Rwanda and South Africa irreconcilable?

Peter Fabricius

4min
NigeriaOil_Getty

The paradox of Nigeria's oil dependency

Obasesam Okoi

6min
OmaralBashir_Getty

Improving prospects for a peaceful transition in Sudan

International Crisis Group (ICG)

18min
Felix Tshisekedi_Getty

Tshisekedi's contested victory and the road ahead for the DRC

Aditi Lalbahadur

4min
Cairo attack_Getty

5 key security challenges for North Africa in 2019

Basem Aly

6min
Top10

Best of the Africa Portal in 2018

4min
COP24_Guterres_Getty

Alternative energy innovation for keeping Africa’s climate below 1.5° C

Britta Rennkamp

5min
16days_CWGL

What did the 16 Days of Activism achieve? A perspective from West and Central Africa

Anne Marie Befoune

4min
SAwomensprotest_Getty

#HearMeToo: Are people finally listening to South Africa’s women?

Lisa-Anne Julien

4min

From our library: 5 reads on HIV and Aids research in Africa

From our library: 5 reads on HIV and Aids research in Africa

Fungai Machirori

3min
Stella Nyazi_Getty

16 Days of Activism: From rhetoric to gains for Africa’s women and girls

Fungai Machirori

4min
UNSAPeacekeeping_Getty

South Africa's vital role in the future of peacekeeping

Gustavo De Carvalho

3min
HIVtreatment_Getty

HIV prevention pill 'set up to fail' in some African countries

Linda Nordling

4min
Paul Biya_Getty

Cameroon: President Biya must free the three students arrested over a Boko Haram joke

Balkissa Ide Siddo

4min
Migrationrescue_Getty

Sliding towards disaster: Migration in European-African relations

Asmita Parshotam

7min
Graca Machel_getty

Africa's First Ladies: Unofficial influencers

Lisa-Anne Julien

5min
Botswanadrought_Getty

What global warming of 1.5°C and higher means for Botswana and Namibia

Mark New Brendon Bosworth

5min
Chad/Nigeria health_Getty

Good mental healthcare should be part of peacebuilding

Stellah Kwasi

4min
Imprisoned_Getty

The Invisibles: Women on death row in Africa

Sabrina Mahtani

4min
QNP1

How to improve livelihood opportunities and biodiversity conservation in Mozambique's Quirimbas National Park: A photo essay

Romy Chevallier

6min
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New name but much of the same in eSwatini elections

Carien du Plessis

5min
Somalia antiterrorism_Getty

Al-Shabaab five years after Westgate: Still a menace in East Africa

International Crisis Group (ICG)

7min
Togo protests

Is there an end in sight to Togo's political crisis?

Wolali Koffi Ahlijah

4min
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Part II: Who wants what? Breaking down the EU and ACP group’s positions in the latest CPA negotiations

Asmita Parshotam

6min
ACPEU_Flickr

Part I: Understanding the Cotonou Partnership Agreement

Asmita Parshotam Kate Mlauzi

8min
Malawi healthcare_Getty

Tackling Malawi's medical brain drain

Winford H. Masanjala

6min
King Mswati_Flickr

eSwatini tests the limits of its absolute monarchy

Simon Allison

4min
CreativeGetty

African philanthropy at the policy table

Lisa-Anne Julien

5min
ZanuPF supporters_Getty

Post elections: Unpacking the fate of Zimbabwe's independent candidates

Fungai Machirori

4min
SADC Summit 2018

SADC Summit: Reviving regional momentum tops the agenda

Chelsea Markowitz Jan Bronauer

3min
Zim workers_getty

Labour wary of Mnangagwa's 'Zimbabwe is open for business' mantra

Christopher Mahove

4min
SSudan refugees_Getty

Unaccompanied and afraid in Egypt

Nadeen Shaker

7min
Chinese Yuan Currency Notes

Can China free Africa from dependency on the mighty dollar?

Peter Fabricius

4min

Lessons from Egypt and Algeria's counterinsurgency campaigns in the 1990s

Lessons from Egypt and Algeria's counterinsurgency campaigns in the 1990s

Basem Aly

4min
Social apps_Getty

Censorship in disguise: Social media taxes 'violate net neutrality'

Thalia Holmes

4min
Sahrawi_Oxfam

Living at the edge of the world: Stories of Sahrawi refugees

Virginia Mura

5min
Zim pollingstation_Getty

Rethinking women's political participation in Zimbabwe's elections

Antonetta Hamandishe

4min
European Union election observation team

Zimbabwe elections: International observers play vital gatekeeping role

Aditi Lalbahadur

4min
Voting posters_Machirori

To vote or not to vote: Views from Zimbabweans on their country's critical moment

Fungai Machirori

5min
BRICSflags

BRICS Gender Forum: Putting women at the centre of development

Cobus van Staden Luanda Mpungose

4min
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Young Zimbabwean women lead the way with new methods of electioneering

Chipo Dendere

4min
Mandela_swearingin

From our research library: Lessons from Nelson Mandela for Africa's development

Chukwuka Onyekwena Precious C. Akanonu

4min
SSudan Peace Talks

How viable is the latest South Sudan peace deal?

Jok Madut Jok

5min
Protection Of Civilians Site_Getty

Role of refugees in South Sudan’s peace process

Tsion Tadesse Abebe

4min
AU Summit Closing Ceremony_Flickr

5 takeaways from the 31st AU summit

Carien du Plessis

4min
Party Manifesto

Anticipation builds around Zimbabwe’s elections

Steven Gruzd Cayley Clifford

3min
Immigration Minister Peter Dutton

What does Australia want in Africa?

Nikola Pijovic

5min
UN SC vote_Getty

South Africa on the UN Security Council: Priorities and challenges

Malte Brosig

7min
Bembe's release

DR Congo: The Bemba Earthquake

International Crisis Group (ICG)

12min
Voting in Sierra Leone

Elections in Africa: Trends and lessons

Luanda Mpungose

6min
BRICS plenary_Getty

China-South Africa ties at 20 years: 3 key features

Yu-Shan Wu

4min
Benin_Piracy

Maritime security: Implementing the AU's AIM strategy

Edwin E. Egede

6min
South Sudan's Upper Nile State Malakal

Building research infrastructures is key to developing South Sudan’s fisheries sector

John K.B. Alosias

4min

The implications of recent changes to Nigeria's tobacco tax policy

The implications of recent changes to Nigeria's tobacco tax policy

Precious C. Akanonu Joseph Ishaku Chukwuka Onyekwena

4min
Smoking_Getty

Strengthening tobacco control in West Africa: How CRES is leading the charge

Consortium pour la Recherche Économique et Sociale (CRES)

4min
Ethiopia textiles_Getty

Kwame Nkrumah, the AfCFTA and the 'Africa We Want'

Dede Amanor-Wilks

5min
Zambia currency_Getty

In search of Zambia’s 'hidden' public debt

Shebo Nalishebo

5min
AU-EU relations

Talking Africa-EU relations in the City of Dragons

Yarik Turianskyi

4min
Trump Iran_Getty

How Trump’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal could impact Africa

John Stremlau

6min
Rwanda The Royal Tour

The Royal Tour: Selling Rwanda as a success story

Carien du Plessis

4min
Remnant of a mortar projectil

The nexus between 'youth bulge' and armed conflict

Minas Feseha

6min
AFCFTA_Flickr

South Africa, Nigeria and the AfCFTA: 6 key questions answered

Asmita Parshotam

6min
Rice_Getty

What can we learn from rising rice production in Senegal?

Katrin Glatzel

3min
NASA_Getty

Africa's scientific infrastructure gap

Sarah Wild

4min
Ethiopia protests_Getty

Cautionary lessons for Ethiopia from Egypt's short-lived revolution

Hassen Hussein

6min
Mogoeng Mogoeng_Getty

Empowering Africa's judiciaries: Q&A with South Africa's Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng

Carien du Plessis

5min
Dapchi schoolgirls_Getty

Preventing Boko Haram abductions of schoolchildren in Nigeria

International Crisis Group (ICG)

14min
President Xi Jinping

What China’s President Xi’s extended tenure means for Africa

Cobus van Staden

4min
President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi

Sisi’s New Egypt?

Nadeen Shaker

4min
Nigeriakids_Getty

The quest for happiness as an underlying motive for violent conflict in Africa

Mark Chingono

15min
President Ramaphosa on a working visit to Namibia

Will the ‘Ramaphosa dawn’ ripple across SADC?

Talitha Bertelsmann-Scott

4min
SSudan_Oil

The nexus between oil and conflict in South Sudan

Michael Gibb

4min
Growth_Flickr_CIAT

The case for empowering young and emerging researchers

John K.B. Alosias

4min
Elon Musk_Getty

The Scramble for Space

Sarah Wild

5min
Kenya election protests_Getty

After Kenya’s leaders reconcile, a tough path ahead

International Crisis Group (ICG)

6min
Cyril Ramaphosa_Getty

Re-engaging Africa should be a foreign policy priority for Cyril Ramaphosa

Joseph Ishaku Chukwuka Onyekwena

4min
Gender Equality in Trade

Women-friendly trade: What can governments do better?

Asmita Parshotam

4min

5 papers to read on APRM Day

5 papers to read on APRM Day
3min
Woman_Getty

International Women's Day: Why gender equality matters in policymaking

5min
Gallows_Flickr

Why the Gambia's progress should spur abolition of the death penalty in Africa

Sabrina Mahtani

3min
South Sudan_peace_Getty

Building peace through partnerships: A first-hand experience of South Sudan

Friederike Bubenzer

5min
Migration

The tortured path of global migration reforms

Asmita Parshotam

6min
Health workers_Getty

With the US poised to cut disease surveillance in Africa, could the continent’s own disease-tracking centre fill the gap?

Linda Nordling

3min
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SA’s foreign policy: Towards greater strategic partnerships in a post-Zuma era

Luanda Mpungose

9min
Africa map_Getty

African think tanks make their mark

3min
UN Security Council_Flickr

An inside view of African diplomacy in the UN Security Council

Javier Delgado Rivera

6min

The APRM at 15: Has African governance come of age?

The APRM at 15: Has African governance come of age?

Steven Gruzd Yarik Turianskyi

5min
AU_China meeting_Getty

Forget bugging - The African Union needs to be in China

Hannah Wanjie Ryder

3min
SKA_Getty

Making the case for African investment in space programmes

Sarah Wild

4min
Muhammadu Buhari_Getty

As the AU spotlights corruption, leaders must now walk the talk in combating it

Carien du Plessis

4min
Education innovation_Getty

Can technology help leapfrog education in Africa?

Rebecca Winthrop Katie Langford

3min
AU Summit Jan 2018_Getty

The African Democracy Charter at 11: Hard work required to avert democratic deconsolidation

Alfredo Tjiurimo Hengari

11min
Migrants Libya_Getty

Libya's migrant crisis and the EU's myopia

Jalel Harchaoui

5min
US President Donald Trump

Africa’s year of Trump: Troubling questions for the continent

Cobus van Staden

5min
Donald Trump portraits

Why Donald Trump's leadership traits resonate negatively in Africa

John Stremlau

6min
Internet cafe DRC

SADC not bridging the digital divide

Onkokame Mothobi Chenai Chair Broc Rademan

7min
Women in DRC demonstrate

Africa: 10 things to watch closely in 2018

Liesl Louw-Vaudran

6min

Our 10 most popular research papers of 2017

Our 10 most popular research papers of 2017
3min
Cryptocurrencies_FINAL

No magic bullet: Cryptocurrencies and complexities in Africa

Thalia Holmes

12min
Zuma - Economic Review

The good, the bad and the ugly: an economic review of Zuma’s presidency

Palesa Shipalana

5min
Zim protests_Getty

What 2017 taught us about African politics

Nic Cheeseman

5min
Zimbabwe China Relations

Why the focus on China’s role in Mugabe’s fall missed the bigger picture

Cobus van Staden Chris Alden

3min
Research in Africa_Getty

South Africa's research system is faltering due to financial woes

Sarah Wild

4min
African passports_Flickr

Africa with open borders: A possibility or a pipe dream?

Terence Corrigan

5min

Book extract: Fate of the Nation – 3 Scenarios for South Africa’s Future

Book extract: Fate of the Nation – 3 Scenarios for South Africa’s Future

Jacobus Kamfer (Jakkie) Cilliers

8min
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Why reforming Zimbabwe’s security sector and mining industry should be high on Mnangagwa’s to-do list

Michael Gibb

4min
Jacob Zuma

South Africa's waning soft power: A Nigerian perspective

Chukwuka Onyekwena Joseph Ishaku

7min
Moussa Faki Mahamat_Flickr

Time to reset AU-EU relations

International Crisis Group (ICG)

4min
Mugabe poster

Robert Mugabe resigns: Reactions from around the world

5min
Black rhino_Getty

Locking horns to save the rhino

Ross Harvey

18min
UN peacekeepers_SSudan

Peacekeepers and sexual abuse: A persistent stain on the United Nations’ image

Aditi Lalbahadur

5min
Robert Mugabe_Getty

Standoff in Zimbabwe as struggle to succeed Mugabe deepens

International Crisis Group (ICG)

6min
UN Peacekeepers in Sudan

Do peacekeepers bring peace?

Malte Brosig

5min
Climate change vocab

A vocabulary for a sustainable world

South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA)

7min
Climate change_Flickr

IN-DEPTH: Climate change progress, the US withdrawal and what to expect from COP23

Romy Chevallier

9min
Woman_Agricultuure

Gender gap shrinks in agricultural research in Africa South of the Sahara

Marcia MacNeil

2min
Joburg cityscape_Flickr

From our research library: 5 reads on this World Cities Day

3min
Nigeria voting_Getty

Q&A: All you need to know about Nigeria's Not Too Young To Run campaign

6min
Xi Jinping

China's national rejuvenation and Africa's role in it

Yu-Shan Wu

4min
United Nations Day

Dismantling the United Nations system

Tim Murithi

5min
Kenya media elections

When the press fails the people: A critique of Kenya's media

Patrick Gathara

6min
Somalia’s Resurgence

Somalia’s Resurgence: Mogadishu attack masks rising tide of Somali unity

Aisha Ahmad

4min
Food security_Flickr

Africa can feed itself. Here's how.

Akinwumi A. Adesina

4min
Zimbabwe diamons_Reuters

How Zimbabwe's diamonds lost their sparkle

Michael Gibb

6min
Liberia Elections

Working against the grain: Can Liberia avoid violence in the upcoming elections?

Matebe Chisiza

3min
Egypt HCV

How Egypt is tackling Hepatitis C

Azza Radwan Sedky

4min
Boko Haram_Nigeria

Nigeria: Northern discontent and the history of Boko Haram

Stephen Buchanan-Clarke Peter Knoope

5min
Online Gender Violence_Getty

Towards a gender-just internet: Combating online violence against women

Fungai Machirori

5min
AGOA_Getty

After AGOA: It's time for an improved US-Africa trade relationship

Cyril Prinsloo

3min
Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o

Ubuntu, foreign policy and radical uncertainty in South Africa and the world

Mzukisi Qobo Nceku Nyathi

6min
Nigeria recession_Getty

Nigeria is out of recession but not out of the woods yet

Adedeji Adeniran

5min
Cameroon_Getty

Cameroon's Anglophone crisis demands urgent attention

International Crisis Group (ICG)

4min
Ecowas logo

Morocco's accession to ECOWAS 'will do more harm than good'

Idayat Hassan

4min
Nuclear Military Weaponry

Can South Africa de-escalate the Korean Peninsula crisis?

Aditi Lalbahadur

4min
Faure Gnassingbé

Togo: Unlocking the gate to political succession

Wolali Koffi Ahlijah Farida Nabourema

4min
BRICS leaders_Getty

Key issues likely to dominate the 2017 BRICS Summit

6min
Cargo and ports_Flickr

A brief guide to the Continental Free Trade Agreement

Asmita Parshotam

4min
Hissene Habre_Getty

International criminal justice in Africa: Reports of its death are greatly exaggerated

Marie Gibert

5min
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Journalists under duress: Internet shutdowns in Africa are stifling press freedom

Jonathan Rozen

5min
Kena vote count_Getty

'The people have done their part': An election observer’s account from Kenya

Noxolo Gwala

3min
Young Nigerian vendors_Getty

Getting youth policy right in Africa

Terence Corrigan

6min
Uhuru Kenyatta_Getty

Kenya votes: Kenyatta vs Odinga, Round Two

Yarik Turianskyi Mélanie Rondreux

5min
United Nations_Flickr

The role of African think tanks in a post-truth world

Elizabeth Sidiropoulos

3min
Europe migration_Getty

Europe's migration crisis and the fallout for Africa

Anne Hammerstad

5min
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Saving Tanzania's coral reefs: A photo essay

Romy Chevallier

4min

Welcome to the revamped Africa Portal

Welcome to the revamped Africa Portal
4min
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Zimbabwe: Of protests, prayer and legacy

Percy Zvomuya

18min
March for Science_Getty

Trump’s proposed science funding cuts spell bad news for African research

Sarah Wild

5min

Best of the Africa Portal: Our 10 most popular research papers

Best of the Africa Portal: Our 10 most popular research papers
5min
AU Headquarters_Flickr

Ethiopia’s distinct path to development, with help from China

Abel Abate Demissie

4min
Industrialisation policy

Why a transformative industrialisation policy is crucial for sub-Saharan Africa

Emmanuel K.K. Lartey

6min
António Guterres and Moussa Faki Mahamat_Flickr

The UN and the AU: An agenda of renewal

Njunga-Michael Mulikita

6min
French President Emmanuel Macron_Getty

What might the new French president mean for Africa?

Mélanie Rondreux

6min
Darling Wind Farm_warrenski

Why are renewables a game changer for Africa?

Ross Harvey

4min
Akanyaru Watershed Protection Project

From Paris to Marrakech: How Rwanda became a model for climate action

David Toovey

5min