Niger Delta communities have suffered decades-long environmental pollution, state neglect and poverty. (Photo/ Flickr/ StakeholderDemocracy)

Cash For Peace: How Amnesty Efforts In The Niger Delta Triggered A New Violence

Ex-militants preferred to remain enrolled in the amnesty programme and live off its monthly allowance, instead of looking for lower-paying jobs. Then a sharp fall in global oil prices meant that it became more difficult to fund


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The Pain Of Slowdown: It Could Take 300 Years For Emerging Markets To Catch Up With Rich World

On the kind of growth trends that emerging markets boasted 2000 -2009, it would take them only 30 years to catch up with the rich world, in terms of per capita wealth. Now, the projections put it at 300 years


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A sample of hematite from South Africa, an important ore of iron. (Photo/ Flickr/ Jake Slagle)

Commodity Market Collapse And Why Liberia Is In Dire Straits

All but three of the twenty major commodities in this dataset have declined over the past five years. For nineteen African countries, one of these five commodities is the leading export earner.