Central African Republic: Continuing Collapse – Local Peace Building Needed By Renee Waldow

The continuing violence, refugee flows, internally displaced persons and the lack of government services is a good reminder of the difficulties of creating a functioning State with a top-down approach, especially one that begins by training a national army before there is a State to protect. There are four levels of action to consider: the local level, the State level,...

What’s behind Mali livestock herders joining jihadist groups

In Mali, jihadist groups have taken control of more than half the country since 2012. How has such a fundamental change been possible in a country previously praised by international observers as a bulwark against radical Islam in Africa? Several factors contributed to the current crisis in Mali. A key one is the fallout from the Nato bombing of Libya...

How 1960s Algeria Became a “Mecca for revolutionaries”

In the 1960s Algeria promoted itself as a “Mecca for revolutionaries.” Allegedly, it was not uncommon to run into freedom fighters such as Nelson Mandela and Amilcar Cabral on the streets of Algiers. And in 1969 the city hosted the pan-African festival of culture, Panaf, which brought together many liberations movements from the “Global South” that based their struggles on...

Building Resilience Far from Home: Communal Democracy Practices amongst Urban Congolese Refugees in Uganda

Under a midday blazing sun in Kampala, we are driving hesitantly over the newly paved roads of Nsambya and Katwe suburb. A pedestrian signals us to stop and ask; “are you looking for the Congolese place perhaps?” I nod, stunned.  We are soon into the compound of «Centre Scolaire Congolais”; a dusty ground that comprise a rustic main house and surrounded by droopy...

The Killing of Jamal Khashoggi: A Screenshot of Authoritarianism By Farida Bemba Nabourema

The gruesome killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi comes at a time when people are stopping to believe in democracy. The idea that democracy isn’t necessary for Human Development has been reinforced the past couple years as countries like China have shown outstanding growth debunking several economic theories of democracy. Beyond, the failure of Western Nations that have presented themselves...

Ethiopia: PM ABIY AHMED’S DOWNSIZED CABINET SEES 50 PER CENT WOMEN MINISTERS ASSUME KEY POSITIONS

For the second time since becoming Ethiopia’s Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed formed a new cabinet today. But unlike the first one, PM Abiy has downsized the number of ministers from 28 to 20 and equalized the gender composition to 50% women and 50% men; he also gave key positions, such as minister of peace and defense, to women ministers, a...