Clockwise from top left: Muhammadu Buhari (Nigeria), Morgan Tsvangirai (Zimbabwe), Nana Akufo-Addo (Ghana), Kizza Besigye (Uganda). Centre: Abdoulaye Wade (Senegal).

Raila Odinga Named Main Opposition Candidate In Kenya’s August Poll: Lessons From His ‘Kindred Spirits’ In Africa

Experiences of opposition candidates, including Senegal’s Wade, Nigeria’s Buhari, Ghana’s Akufo-Addo, Zimbabwe’s Tsvangirai and Uganda’s Besigye, have been mixed


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The endless formation of rebel groups will be a new but continuous source of instability in a country where escalating violence has already uprooted an estimated 3 million people. (Photo: Anita Kattakhuzy/Oxfam)

The Shape-Shifting Conflict In South Sudan: You Never Know Who Your Next Enemy Will Be

While there is an increasing and diverse opposition to President Salva Kiir, these groups lack a shared agenda and common approach. There is no group that promises a unified future for South Sudan.


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Many African countries are trying to increase the number of women delivering in a health care facility by a skilled birth attendant. (Photo/ Flickr/ Rod Waddington)

Not A Luxury: Caesarean Sections Save Lives, And Here’s Why Africa Needs More Of Them

In Africa only 7.3% of babies are born via caesarean section, but its a very mixed picture across the continent. Some countries have very high rates such as Egypt (51.8%) and Mauritius (47%), the highest in Africa.


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Mursi woman, Ethiopia: The way culture and informality intersect today in much of Africa favours women, in a way that it doesn't for men. (Photo/ Rod Waddington)

An African Paradox: Why Poor Women Earn More Than Their Husbands, And The Power And Politics Behind It

Data from Kenya shows that contrary to expectation, the likelihood that a woman earns more relative to her husband decreases, rather than increases, with her education and wealth


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A largely unused cycle lane between Sandton and Alexandra in Johannesburg. (Photo/ Njogu Morgan/ The Conversation)

Johannesburg’s Bike Lanes: When Thinking ‘Build It And They Will Come’ Goes Wrong

Bike lanes alone don’t create a commuter cycling culture. Transport systems are shaped by a range of other factors, including social institutions, values, politics and topography.