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

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New Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's only path to success remains reform. In deciding the 'how' of the process, he must be careful to avoid Mohamed Morsi's fate, writes Hassan Hussein. 
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Empowering Africa's judiciaries: Q&A with South Africa's Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng

The chief justice, who is also president of the Conference of Constitutional Jurisdictions of Africa, speaks to the Africa Portal about the integral role of the continent's judiciaries. 
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Africa's scientific infrastructure gap

African scientists are caught in a resources bind. High-tech science needs infrastructure, but that costs money – and scientific equipment is not high on African countries’ spending agenda. 
President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi

Sisi’s New Egypt?

Egypt will face many national challenges relating to security, human rights, the stuttering economy and resolving the Nile water dispute with Ethiopia. In confronting them, there lies a fragile balance between awaiting a whole new Egypt or devastating it further, and because of that, Sisi will have to tread carefully. 
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Preventing Boko Haram abductions of schoolchildren in Nigeria

The recent Dapchi abductions throw into doubt the Nigerian government’s claim to have defeated the movement. Instead, insurgents may be newly emboldened to keep fighting. 
President Xi Jinping

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

For the foreseeable future, Africa’s engagement with China will be shaped by Xi’s vision. This makes it important to unpack exactly what that vision is.

PUBLICATIONS

Financing the Economic Stabilization and Growth Programme (Zambia Plus) in the Shadow of the IMF

This paper by ZIPAR assesses the relevance of IMF financing support to Zambia Plus, particularly in light of past macroeconomic stability (2015/2016) and unsatisfactory growth rebound in 2017. It also reviews a few of the recent policy and structural reform efforts undertaken to improve Zambia’s economic governance.

High and Persistent Skilled Unemployment In Morocco: Explaining it by Skills Mismatch

This paper by the OCP Policy Centre sheds light on increasing and persistent skilled unemployment in Morocco over the past decade – oscillating around 20% of total unemployment. It identifies and estimates the role and significance of a skill mismatch between Morocco’s education system and its labor market, illustrated by the ratio between technical and general university degrees produced by the education system. 

Fleeing Terror, Fighting Terror: The Truth about Refugees and Violent Extremism

Refugees are increasingly subjected to harsh policies that violate the spirit of refugee laws, and that are often justified by claiming the refugees pose security risks. This report by ISS examines the effects of violent extremism among South Sudanese and Somalian refugees in Ethiopia. 

The Social License to Operate in Tanzania: Case Studies of the Petroleum and Mining Sectors

Securing ‘social permission’ for extractive activities is increasingly seen as critical for the future profitability and sustainability of the sector.  This research by the Uongozi Institute assesses whether a social license to operate (SLO) exists in two of Tanzania’s leading extractive sectors (mining and petroleum) by seeking the perceptions of community members and local officials in the areas around a sample of large-scale mining operations in the country.

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