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The nexus between oil and conflict in South Sudan

'Capture on the Nile', a new report by Global Witness, details how South Sudan’s state-owned oil company has been hijacked by a small group of government elites and used to divert millions into a conflict now responsible for the world’s fastest growing refugee crisis. 
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The Scramble for Space

African countries, once again, are going to come second place to richer and more industrialised nations – many of whose wealth was accrued due to their colonial activities on the continent, writes Sarah Wild.
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Re-engaging Africa should be a foreign policy priority for Cyril Ramaphosa

President Cyril Ramaphosa's Africa strategy should give priority to Agenda 2063 and push for its implementation by other countries in the region, write Joseph Ishaku and Chuka Onyekwena.

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

Belatedly but resolutely, the Gambia is moving away from this cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment, writes Sabrina Mahtani. 

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

We profile recently published research from our content partner network that highlights why gender equality in Africa is crucial for achieving socio-economic transformation and building inclusive societies.
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After Kenya’s leaders reconcile, a tough path ahead

The recent meeting between President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga was an important step toward ending the protracted crisis over last year’s disputed election. To build on the progress, consensus is required on concrete steps that can help safeguard against future polarisation and violence.


Irrigation, Sécurité Alimentaire et Pauvrété Leçons Tirées de Trois grands Barrages en Afrique de l’Ouest / Irrigation, Food Security and Poverty: Lessons Learned from Three Large Dams in West Africa

This report from Initiative Prospective Agricole et Rurale (IPAR) presents field data from three large irrigation schemes in Mali, Senegal and Burkina Faso, which can help policymakers understand the project results and optimise public investment, both for the taxpayer and for the farmers themselves. 

The African Peer Review Mechanism at 15: Achievements and Aspirations

As the APRM – Africa’s most important governance self-evaluation and promotion instrument – officially turns 15, it is timely to reflect on its achievements, challenges and plans, and ask: has it actually come of age? A policy brief from the South African Institute of International Affairs.  

Political Parties and the Push for Political Consensus

This paper from The Sudd Institute explores how the signing of the current peace agreement could be used as an opportunity for the people of South Sudan to dialogue and reconstitute political consensus. 

Public Trust in Institutions, Satisfaction with Democracy Decline in Mauritius

According to the latest Afrobarometer survey, Mauritians are less satisfied with their democracy and have less trust in their institutions than they did just a few years ago.

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