Africa Articles

Eko Atlantic is a city that rises “like Aphrodite from the foam of the Atlantic,” wrote Nobel Prize winner Wole Soyinka. The city is defined by sustainability, luxury, technology, and economic opportunity. It is Africa’s own Dubai; a gleaming gateway to the continent that will revolutionize the city of Lagos, solidifying its place as West Africa’s financial center. The private development, which is located on land reclaimed from the Atlantic Ocean along

By Alexandra Phillips  |  March 23, 2014

In order to better understand what happened in Mali in 2012 and to seek appropriate solutions to the major obstacles facing this country, it is necessary to recall the nature and causes of the numerous challenges confronting the nation. these vital concerns relate to ethnicity, secession, terrorism, coups, governance, poverty, corruption, drought and climate change. These factors affect not only Mali but also represent obstacles faced by a multitude of other countries on the continent. However, in the case of Mali, these issues were all brought together in the same place and brutally erupted at the same time during the course of the year 2012, provoking disintegration and the subsequent French military intervention.

By Dr. Jean Ping  |  March 23, 2014

What next? Following another marred election, what is to become of Zimbabwe? With alleged assistance rendous inflation by banning the Zimbabwe dollar as legal from Israel and China, President Mugabe was re-anointed president after a July election for another five-year term. He has been misruling Zimbabwe with an increasingly iron fist since 1980, governing since 1999 over a country with ever-diminishing GDP, many years of Weimar-like inflation, and deteriorating medical and educational outcomes. But Mugabe will be 90 in February. How long will he live? Who can succeed him?

By Professor Robert I. Rotberg  |  March 23, 2014

Over the course of the twentieth century, and into the twenty-first, there has been a change in the relationship between disease and death. The leading causes of death in 1900 included diseases such as cholera and tuberculosis, which were predominantly infectious diseases. Fast-forward to 2010 and chronic diseases, such as heart disease and stroke, the result of lifestyle choices rather than communicable methods, take these same spots.

By Shahrukh Khan  |  January 13, 2014

South Africa will celebrate its 20 years of democratic rule next year, following the demise of apartheid in 1994. The ruling African National Congress (ANC), which is also the oldest liberation movement on the continent, celebrated its 100th anniversary last year. As its core statement of principles, the “Freedom Charter” was adopted in Kliptown on June 26, 1955. It declared that “There shall be Peace and Friendship” and projected that South Africa shall be a fully independent state that respects the rights and sovereignty of all nations, strives to maintain world peace and the settlement of all international disputes by negotiation – not war, and calls for peace and friendship amongst all our people secured by upholding the equal rights, opportunities and status of all.

By Jacob Zuma  |  September 30, 2013

South Africa will celebrate its 20 years of democratic rule next year, following the demise of apartheid in 1994. The ruling African National Congress (ANC), which is also the oldest liberation movement on the continent, celebrated its 100th anniversary last year. As its core statement of principles, the “Freedom Charter” was adopted in Kliptown on June 26, 1955. It declared that “There shall be Peace and Friendship” and projected that South Africa shall be a fully independent state that respects the rights and sovereignty of all nations, strives to maintain world peace and the settlement of all international disputes by negotiation – not war, and calls for peace and friendship amongst all our people secured by upholding the equal rights, opportunities and status of all.

By Jacob Zuma  |  September 30, 2013

It is no longer a secret—Africa is finally on the rise. For many decades, we have been used to associating the continent with the Six D’s of horror: decay, disaster, drought, disease, despotism, and despair. They have not disappeared over night, but they are now being complemented by the Three E’s: emergence, evolution, and emancipation.

By Albrecht Conze  |  April 12, 2013

It is no longer a secret—Africa is finally on the rise. For many decades, we have been used to associating the continent with the Six D’s of horror: decay, disaster, drought, disease, despotism, and despair. They have not disappeared over night, but they are now being complemented by the Three E’s: emergence, evolution, and emancipation.

By Albrecht Conze  |  April 12, 2013

In the shadow of China’s and India’s inroads into the African continent, South America’s emerging power, Brazil, has been increasing its presence in Africa. However, its role in Africa has remained relatively unnoticed by international media and academia thus far. Brazil’s low visibility in Africa cannot be explained exclusively by the fact that its financial engagement is still limited in comparison to that of China or India. An explanation would also need to include the unique way the South American power has interacted with Africa. Brazil has presented itself as a partner for Africa’s development challenges rather than as a business partner.

By Christina Stolte  |  March 30, 2013

In Nigeria, hundreds of government-hired enumerators armed with GPS-enabled smartphones have systematically been visiting schools, water points, and health facilities across the country. At each location they take a photo, record a GPS point, and with the aid of a mobile data collection form, assess local capacity based on the availability of necessary human and material resources—such as basic infrastructure, staffing, furniture, and tools—to deliver a given service. For example, is a water point functional and being used? Does a clinic have adequate equipment, medicines, and staffing to deliver care? Does a school have a roof, teachers, desks, and books?

By Annika Sweetland, Matt Berg, Prabhas Pokharel, Vijay Modi  |  January 31, 2013