Category Archive for: Politics

The Gambia: Yahya Jammeh’s exit from power, another step forward for Africa’s democratic maturity?

by Femi Akomolafe

On the 21st of January, 2017, 22 years after he seized power in a coup, The Gambia’s ex-president, Yahya Jammeh, flew out of Gambia into exile. This is no doubt another giant step towards Africa’s political and economic stability. Jammeh had earlier conceded defeat to Adama Barrow, his challenger at the polls following the country’s…



The Burundian Dilemma

by John Wawer

Burundi’s economy is indisputably flailing. What are the root causes, and can the seemingly inevitable decline be prevented? By: John Wawer In 2016, the economic norm across Africa was steady, yet slower than expected GDP growth. Burundi has been bucking that trend and according to latest estimates, was on pace to reduce its overall GDP…



Six Questions African Policymakers Must Answer Now

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Originally published 3/14/16 By Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala The “Africa rising” story of the past decade, fuelled by 5 percent average annual growth, is in danger of faltering, due to the impact of global uncertainty, depressed commodity prices, and weakly performing economies like China. Don’t be lulled by the IMF’s 2016 forecast: yes 4 percent growth with…



Experts weigh Brexit’s implications for Africa

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  • Posted on August 19, 2016

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Some experts consider that “Brexit” could have adverse impacts on African economies, in terms of the type of preference schemes the UK may grant, knock-on trade and investment impacts of economic slowdown and tumbling British pound, as well as potential changes in EU policies in light of London’s role in the formulation of international development policy…



Britain’s Response to the Migrant Crisis – missed opportunities to promote its humanitarian brand

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  • Posted on August 9, 2016

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Today in Britain, much energy is spent towards debating spending cuts and how overseas development aid should be spent in these difficult times. 0.7% of Britain’s GDP is ring fenced to foreign aid, meaning it may not be subjected to cuts like in other departments. The Department for International Development (DfID) needs to be as…



AGOA: A brief background

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  • Posted on June 13, 2016

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The African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) is a legislation that was signed into law by the U.S. Congress in May 2000. The Act is designed to offer “tangible incentives for African countries to continue their efforts to open their economies and build free markets.”



Carving up a continent: How the UK government is facilitating the corporate takeover of African food systems

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  • Posted on June 13, 2016

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“Family farming is the basis for modern food provision in Africa, today and tomorrow. Its multi-functionality and sustainable productive potential is supported by extensive research evidence…Backed by appropriate research, supportive investments and adequate protection, [it] can out-perform industrial commodity production.” Good for Corporations, Bad for Producers



The Anti-Homosexual Act Is Deemed Illegal By Ugandan Court: What Now For LGBTI Ugandans?

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  • Posted on June 13, 2016

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Great news! A few days ago, Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality law was invalidated and deemed illegal by a Ugandan court, pleasing international and national human rights activists who have tirelessly campaigned for its removal. Activists are rumoured to have erupted in cheers as the court ruled the law “null and void”, while various supporters of the law,…