There is proliferation of progressive forces at all levels of African politics. They are exposing and combating corruption and other abuses of power.
Al-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.
More 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.
Islamist militants, once confined to the north, have slowly expanded their presence in the region since 2015, inflaming tensions.