Why African countries should strengthen their public service

Why African countries should strengthen their public service

Public Service in Africa. This is a topic that, despite its fundamental role in governance and leadership, is seldom discussed. In this Q&A the Mo Ibrahim Foundation’s research team explains  why African countries should strengthen their public services. Why should African countries strengthen their public services? Public service plays a fundamental role in governance in […]

Somali Victims Recount Africa's Deadliest Terrorist Attack

Somali Victims Recount Africa's Deadliest Terrorist Attack

Somalia on Sunday marked the one year anniversary of the deadliest terrorist attack in Africa’s history: a car bomb that ripped through the capital, Mogadishu, killing nearly 600 people. No one claimed responsibility for the bombing, but it had the hallmarks of the terrorist group Al-Shabab. As Mohamed Sheik Nor reports from Mogadishu, some victims […]

Photos: 'This Is Africa' – The Republic of the Congo

Photos: 'This Is Africa' – The Republic of the Congo

African countries have their peculiar challenges like all countries the world over. Amid these challenges are particular characteristics of countries on the continent. ‘This Is Africa (TIA)’ is an Africanews initiative aimed at sharing information about African countries and helping our audiences better discover the continent – in a small but significant way. For the […]

Tax byte: Africans fear trend towards levies on data, services

Tax byte: Africans fear trend towards levies on data, services

KAMPALA/JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – The brisk business Julius Kirya did from his cash transfer kiosk in the Ugandan capital has slowed right down with a new tax on mobile money. Many of his customers have returned to sending banknotes by hand, in some cases via motorbike taxi. A customer conducts a mobile money transfer, known as […]

Geopolitics: Russia-CAR ties signal renewed relationship with Africa

Geopolitics: Russia-CAR ties signal renewed relationship with Africa

Russia’s donation of arms to Central African Republic (CAR) has cemented the former’s ambition to exert influence and win support on the continent. When CAR appealed for help against militia groups last year, Russia’s donation of weapons was chosen over former coloniser, France which offered guns it had seized off Somalia. “We presented our problem […]

Russia expands its military and business ties to Africa

Russia expands its military and business ties to Africa

When Central African Republic (CAR) pleaded for help last year to fight marauding militias, former colonial ruler France offered guns it had seized off Somalia. But Russia objected and donated its own weapons instead. By early February, Russia had sent nine planes with weapons along with dozens of contractors to train local soldiers and secure […]

The intense debate on Africa's China debt is flawed given how much is owed to the West

The intense debate on Africa's China debt is flawed given how much is owed to the West

The complex relationship between Africa and China has become even more complicated this year. Initially, 2018 was set to reaffirm the bond through the latest Forum on China-Africa Cooperation summit held in Beijing in September. The summit delivered its usual pageant of African leaders, side deals, and the announcement of a $60 billion financing package. […]

Meet Africa's biggest female bosses leading male-dominated industries

Meet Africa's biggest female bosses leading male-dominated industries

For African women, history shows that it took a very long time for them to enjoy basic human rights. Women and children are regarded as the weaker sex who suffer the most in society. Through the fight for equality and provision of human rights and privileges to women in society, they have proven that they are […]

Maritime Trade Route Facilitates Africa's Growing Drug Problem

Maritime Trade Route Facilitates Africa's Growing Drug Problem

By MarEx 2018-10-17 19:54:47 Sub-Saharan Africa will experience the largest rise in illicit drug users globally in the next three decades. Findings from an ENACT transnational organized crime project forecast that East Africa will be hit the hardest, with the proportion of people using illicit drugs increasing faster than other regions. This spike is due […]

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