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Congo-Kinshasa: Leveraging Mobile Tech to Combat Conflict and Corruption

Rarely has so small a law stirred so much debate about so distant a conflict. Over the past several months, debate about legislation requiring companies to disclose any use of conflict minerals in manufacturing, has dragged a bunch of seemingly unconnected people into its orbit: from Green Bay Packers' quarterback…

Nigeria: Preventing Urban Epidemics Through Community Buy-In, By Bunmi Oloruntoba

Abuja — Okechukwu Ndaguba sits at a table in a noisy conference room at the Jades Hotel in Nigeria's capital city, summoning strength for the last day of a planning session about a new health insurance scheme. Last week President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan signed into law a National Health Bill…

Africa: How Polygamy Slows Small Business Growth

By David Njagi Kigali, Rwanda — Amelia Kyambadde, Uganda minister for trade, industry and cooperatives, has some 30 years of civil service in her resume, but even with a mission that keeps her on a round-the-clock schedule, she still finds the time to champion for women’s rights. This is how,…

Africa: U.S. Should Be Backing Real Economic Transformation

By Kingsley Chiedu Moghalu The focus on business at the U.S.-Africa Leadership Summit last month was a welcome pointer for how to recalibrate policy and bring tangible economic benefits in trade and investment for both Africa and the United States. Recognizing the symbolic backdrop of the summit – President Obama…

Africa: Key Findings of the 2014 Ibrahim Index of African Governance

DOCUMENT An excerpt from a Mo Ibrahim Foundation briefing on key findings of the 2014 Ibrahim Index of African Governance. The full briefing, including graphs and findings relating to the four categories on which the index is based, can be found here: OVERALL GOVERNANCE - At the continental level, average…

Africa: What Africa is Contributing to Ebola Fight – Dlamini-Zuma

New York — During a High Level Meeting on Ebola at the United Nations on September 25, UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon called for a heightened response from the international community. "The world can and must stop Ebola – now," he said. One of the participants was Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma,…

Lesotho: Breakthrough in Political Crisis?

Cape Town — Mediators in Lesotho's political crisis have scheduled a "major announcement" on efforts to arrange new elections, reopen Parliament and stabilise security. The office of South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, the lead facilitator in talks brokered by regional leaders, released a statement in Maseru on Wednesday evening…

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Nigeria: 2015 Elections Can Set a New Benchmark in Nigeria

In February 2015, Nigeria will be holding elections to choose both national and state-level leaders for executive and legislative arms of government. Though the polls are still five months away, Nigerians have cogent reasons for several election-related concerns. These include: The preparedness of the election management body, the Independent National…

How Africa is Losing the Ebola Battle

A combination of fear of the Ebola virus, weak public infrastructures in three of the world's poorest countries, and a slow response by the international public health community and world governments is reversing real progress in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. All three have had democratic elections after decades of…

INTERVIEW: IMF Promotes Policies to Make Growth Sustainable and Inclusive – Lagarde

The International Monetary Fund and the Mozambican government last week hosted the "Africa Rising" conference, attended by policymakers and private sector and civil society representatives to discuss how to manage and promote the economic gains Africa has been making since the 2008 global economic downturn. In an interview with AllAfrica's…

Africa: ‘No Excuse’ for Newborn Death Rate

A series of papers published on Tuesday is laying the ground for concerted international action to reduce deaths among newborn babies - which reach their highest levels in sub-Saharan African countries. Nine of the 10 riskiest countries in the world for a baby to be born are in Africa ,…

INTERVIEW: Agriculture Is Nigeria’s ‘New Oil’ and Can Curb Conflict – Minister Adesina

Akin Adesina, Minister of Agriculture for the Republic of Nigeria, is an agricultural economist with decades of experience working to make agriculture productive and profitable. His appointment three years ago was hailed as merit driven rather than political, especially by international agriculture and development specialists. But that didn't protect his ambitious reform programme…

Africa: Asking Africans about democracy

Where in Africa is support for democracy the highest? Where is it the lowest? Who believes they are reaping its fruits? Who doesn't? This list, excerpted from the latest Afrobarometer survey of 34 countries, shows who gives the most, and the least support, to democracy and its performance. Respondents support…

Africans want democracy but are they getting it?

Cape Town — Popular support for democracy and against one-party rule in Africa has risen substantially in the past decade, but most Africans don't think they are actually experiencing democracy. These are among the conclusions which can be drawn from the latest analysis of the results of the 34-country public…

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Africans now back institutions more than ‘Big Men’ – Afrobarometer

Excerpts from Afrobarometer's report, Demand for Democracy Is Rising in Africa, But Most Political Leaders Fail to Deliver. (more…)

Africans give govts failing marks on power, water supplies

The trans-continental averages reported in the survey conceal wide differences in perception from one country to another. (more…)

Madagascar: Both presidential candidates claim victory in run-off

AFP reports that Madagascar election results are slowly coming in, as both presidential candidates claim victory in run-off polls. Former health minister Robinson Jean Louis, candidate of ousted president Marc Ravalomanana, said he expected to win 56 per cent of the vote, while his opponent Hery Rajaonarimampianina claimed to have…

South Africa: Court Says South Africa Must Probe Alleged Zimbabwe Torture

A top South African court has declared that the country's police and prosecutors are obliged to investigate allegations of torture and crimes against humanity committed by Zimbabwean government officials, against Zimbabweans, in Zimbabwe. In a judgment handed down on Wednesday, the Supreme Court of Appeal said the South African law…

Africa: Senegal, Kenya Lead Africa’s Internet Surge, iGDP

Senegal and Kenya are the African countries where the internet is having the biggest economic impact, according to a new report. The report, by the management consulting firm McKinsey, says in a ranking of the contribution which the internet makes to gross domestic product that in Senegal it is 3.3…

Central African Republic: Soldiers ‘Out of Control’ in CAR, Says Amnesty

Cape Town — The rebel fighters who overthrew the government of the Central African Republic (CAR) earlier this year, and who now comprise the country's armed forces, are "out of control", says the international advocacy group, Amnesty International. In a report released on Tuesday, Amnesty says senior military and government…

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Africa: Advances and setbacks in Polio fight

As the global community marked World Polio Day last Thursday, recent events show there is both cause for celebration and concern. There have been 296 cases of polio caused by the "wild type" virus so far this year, compared to 171 cases during the same period last year, according to…

Rwanda, Africa’s top promoter of Gender Equality

Rwanda is Africa's top-performing advocate of gender equality, followed by the Seychelles, Mozambique, South Africa and Botswana. This is reported in the 2013 Ibrahim Index of African Governance, released in London on Monday. Rwanda's score on the index, on a range of one to 100, is 90.2, well above the…

Africa: Free speech equals better governance, says report

The more freely Africans can speak their minds, the more confident they are in the performance of their governments, says a report. The report, released in Nairobi by Afrobarometer, shows than half of Africans surveyed in 34 countries across the continent say they are "completely free" to say what they…

Nigeria, Mauritania, Africa’s highest slave-holding nations – Anti-slavery foundation

An anti-slavery campaign group says in a new report that Nigeria has the highest number of people living in what it describes as "modern slavery" in Africa, while Mauritania has Africa's – and the world's – highest number of "slaves" in proportion to the total population. The Walk Free Foundation,…

Africa Is Rising But Slowly and Unevenly

By John Allen Standards of governance are gradually improving across Africa. Although the performance of some nations has deteriorated in fields such as the rule of law, economic opportunity and citizens' participation in government, every country on the continent has seen at least some improvement in the indicators of human…