CONNECTING THE DOTS
As Geopolitical Interest In The Red Sea Grows, Lessons From Other Maritime Hotspots Will Be Key To Its StabilityConcerns about Red Sea security are high right now due in part to Yemens civil war.
- By filling gaps in governance and service delivery, the terror group has cultivated a level of support among local civilians that Boko Haram never enjoyed and has turned neglected communities into a source of economic support.
When The Camel’s Back Broke: How Sudan’s Economic Crisis Had A Role In Protests That Toppled al-BashirSince 2011, with the independence of the south, Sudan's oil revenues have shrunk by 75%. With the trebling of the price of bread last December, and the rate of inflation hovering around 70%, the camels back was finally broken.
- Among other things, theres a great deal of economic need. In situations like this people look to supernatural means to solve basic problems.
- West Africas coastal areas host about one third of the regions population and generate 56% of its GDP.
- To achieve its Vision 2030 goal, Zimbabwe needs to triple its gross national income in 11 years
- As many as 1.4m people are killed every year about one every 23 seconds in road accidents, while another 20m to 50m are injured but survive, often with life-changing disabilities.
With 2.6 Million Facing Crisis Levels Of Food Insecurity, Why Kenya’s Seasonal Rains Keep Failing And What Needs To Be DoneThe change in rainfall patterns has a huge impact on Kenya because 98% of the countrys agriculture is rain-fed. Agriculture also accounts for 70% of the workforce and about 25% of the annual GDP.
- About 40% of Cameroon is covered in forest. Over about 25 years, 3 million hectares of its 22 million hectare forests have been cleared. That is about the size of Belgium.
- Ongoing violence is rooted in intercommunal tensions and spurred on by rising extremism in the Sahel. Jihadists have recruited heavily among Fulani herders in recent months.
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.
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- 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.
- 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?
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.
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
- The beautiful First Ladies probably become some kind of political bling, to make up for an autocrat's democratic deficit. Democratic presidents, on the other hand, don't need to put a shine on their legitimacy. They get it at the polls.