CONNECTING THE DOTS
- West Africas coastal areas host about one third of the regions population and generate 56% of its GDP.
- Despite Buhari's 2015 claim that Boko Haram was "technically defeated", jihadists continue gaining ground across Lake Chad and West Africa, where the humanitarian fallout is, if anything, worsening.
- Artists compose music to open up understandings of health care and specific conditions. Some academics open use everything from yoga to photography to observation and drawing to help educate health sciences students.
- Maps have fascinated people for centuries. They are inherently political. What we see on a map either aligns with our view of the world, or doesn't. When it does, we share it confirms our beliefs.
- Elders are not expected to grieve in public. Success should be acknowledged but not to the extreme because that would lead to pride, which is a cultural no-no.
Refugees In Africa Doubled Between 2009 And 2016, From 2.1M To 4.9M: Here’s Why They Stay Put Despite End To Conflict At HomeThe lengthy nature of some of Africas wars is one of the main hindrances to ending the refugee cycle. The Somalia war is over 27 years and the DRC been in conflict since the 1990s.
This Year Over 100 Forest Fires Have Been Reported In Mount Kenya, But A Really Big Is Raging Now: Why It’s Burning And How They Can Be StoppedThe majority of fires on Mount Kenya are caused by peoplewhen they clear land with fire for domestic animal grazing, to gather honey, for cannabis cultivation and charcoal production.
Internally Displaced Persons Cost Global Economy $13Bn A Year, With Central African Republic Having Highest ImpactFinancial impact of IDPs in CAR is about $230 million, or 11% of the central African country's GDP per year.
- There are more than 70 armed groups in South Sudan and one that didnt sign last year's accord. Five years of civil war have left 1.9 million internally displaced and 2.4 million living as refugees in neighbouring countries.
- EU policies, including the decision to enable the Libyan Coast Guard to intercept and return migrants, are contributing to a cycle of extreme abuse.
- The conflict was the longest of Uganda's post independence struggles. In addition to those killed, 2 million people were displaced, and 60,000 to 100,000 abducted by the Lord's Resistance Army rebels.
- Eastern DR Congo Is The World's Lightning Capital...Then There's Tororo In Uganda...
- The Rich Also Cry: Why Is Wealthy Botswana So Miserable?
- Sex Ratios In Africa: Where Women Outnumber Men, And Vice Versa, And Why It Matters
- Life After A Long Terrible War That Killed 100,000: How Young People In Uganda Are Coping
- West Africa's Coast Is Losing Over $3.8 Billion A Year To Erosion, Flooding And Pollution
- Doctor To Patient Ratio In Africa: Some Suprising Stars
- Crowded Classrooms: In Some African Countries, It's 60 Pupils Or More For One Teacher
- Tanzania's Civil Society Raises Alarm, But Magufuli's Toe-Stepping Ways Are No Big Deal To Some In Africa
- The Mobile Money Factor, Again: Uber Dominance Entrenched In South Africa, And Challenged In Kenya
- The conditions present in Gabon were far less conducive to a coup than the vast majority of previous attempts. So why would the plotters take such a risky action?
- The government has previously claimed that Boko Haram was "technically defeated". In reality the insurgency has fragmented but continues.
‘You Don’t Negotiate With China’, African Officials Said: Wrong. Here Are 4 Things They Need To Start Doing To Get Better DealsKenyas Chinese financed diesel train railway cost $3.2 billion for 472 kilometres of track. The more expensive electric train line from Addis Ababa to Djibouti $3.4 billion - for 756 kilometres.
Too Many Women Die During And After Childbirth In Sub-Saharan Africa: Here’s A Fix That Makes Economic SenseMaternal mortality remains high around the world, with more than 303,000 women dying in pregnancy, childbirth or shortly afterwards. More than half of these deaths are in sub-Saharan Africa.
Cameroon’s Anglophone Conflict Has Displaced 430,000 People, Could Leave A Whole Generation IlliterateThe roots of Cameroons conflict can be traced back to education. The separatists fighting for independence from French-majority say the current school system symbolises the marginalisation of the English language and culture.
South Sudan War Enters 6th Year, With A Tragic Count Of 40,000 People Dead And 4.5 Million DisplacedAs the war enters its sixth year only the most optimistic of observers is voicing much hope that the revitalised peace agreement.
Brutal Attacks Against Women And Girls In South Sudan Reported, As Strife-Torn Country’s Levels Of Sexual Violence ContinueMore than 150 women and girls were raped, beaten, and brutalised over a 10-day period at the end of November.
- The audit also found stockpiled goods, more lying idle than had been distributed in the previous 12 months, including 288,000 blankets and 50,000 wheelbarrows.
- An estimated 219 million malaria cases were reported globally in 2017.
- Eight countries including several in crisis such as Chad, Sudan, and South Sudan are in debt distress and a further 18 are at high risk.
FROM THE ARCHIVES
- The use of motorcycles for commercial transport has grown very rapidly in recent years, for several economic reasons that have been well articulated. But its social and political impact is a bigger, more layered story.
- Streamlining logistics and clearance is an existential issue for landlocked countries, but the coastal countries have the “luxury” of dysfunction.
- Kenya is punching above its weight in diversification of exports – in the analogy of anthropologists, it is less of a hunter economy and more of a gathering one – all sorts of small items find their way to the export market
- Since the prize was launched, there have been more years when it has not been awarded, than when it has
- Some of the 'happiest' countries in Africa also have high FGM rates, they score badly on representation of women in politics, and female folk tend to be treated badly in these countries. A contradiction?