CONNECTING THE DOTS
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- WHEN in November UNESCO announced that the reggae music of Jamaica had been added to its list of cultural products considered worthy of recognition, it was a reflection on the fact that reggae, which grew from its roots in the backstreets and dance halls of Jamaica, is more than just …
In DR Congo, UN Accused Of Bowing To Pressure To Cook The Books And Downplay Numbers Of People In CrisisAid groups say overlooking three million displaced people will dramatically impact their ability to respond to needs.
To The Music Of ‘Democracy Is Dying’, 12 African Countries Head To The Polls In 2019: How Will It End?There is proliferation of progressive forces at all levels of African politics. They are exposing and combating corruption and other abuses of power.
FGM In Africa Sees ‘Huge And Significant’ Decline, With Dramatic Fall From 71% To 8% In East Africa Over 20 YearsThe number of women predicted to be face genital mutilation in the world each year could rise to 4.6 million by 2030.
- The Mnangagwa regime could try to take ill-gotten gains away from Mugabe and Grace Mugabe, as Malaysias new government is doing to its previous kleptocratic prime minister and his wife.
US Kills 60 Al-Shabaab In Deadliest Attacks On The Somali Militants, But The Cycle Of Violence ContinuesAl-Shabaab has lost large swathes of territory to the Somali army this year, bolstered by US and African Union peacekeeping troops, AMISOM.
- Since the violence in DRCs Kasai region last March, 1.4 million people have been displaced.
- Official statistics underestimate total trade between Benin and Nigeria by 50% for imports, and by about 85% for exports.
With Over 10 Million Still Needing Assistance Every Day, The ‘Forgotten’ Lake Chad Crisis Gets A Shot In The ArmMore than $2 billion was pledged at the Lake Chad crisis, more than the $1.5 billion sought and three times the disappointing haul last year.
South Africa’s University Students Face A Crisis; Nearly 30% Go Hungry, With Black Learners Three Times More Likely To Than White OnesTheres a common perception that students represent the elite...But this is a myth. Students are more likely to be food insecure than others in the general population.
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
- Recent years have been fairly good for African leaders, because since 1910, at least 30 prime and presidents have been killed while in office. It happens less often these days