Most of what’s in the plan is neither novel nor ground-breaking. It includes projects that had been bandied around by previous administrations, with little success.
These limitations are exposed in three dimensions.
The impact of COVID-19 will only worsen these structural weaknesses. The Economic Commission for Africa has reported that between 300,000 and 3.3 million people could lose their lives if appropriate measures are not taken.
In addition, the intractable problem of Boko Haram and Islamic State, coupled with kidnappings, have created a security crisis. All continue to shatter the myth of military invincibility and the might of the Nigerian state.
The first problem is that the government has adopted a top-down distribution system which has been poorly coordinated and highly exclusive.
A warlord may be a mother’s only hope to find her missing children in South Sudan.
In Nigeria, for instance, as early as the 1990s, Jeremiah Abalaka, a surgeon with fringe training in immunology, startled the world with his HIV cure claim.
Water supply is not equitably distributed across the globe. In sub-Saharan Africa, about 40% of the population lacks safe drinking water.
The COVID-19 pandemic – and the resulting lockdowns – have had a major impact on research at institutions across the world, and universities in particular.
Uganda’s democratic space has been described as “shrinking”. Increasing political intimidation and patronage have steadily undermined the quality of Uganda’s elections.
They can help ensure that people with disabilities are not left behind in screening, testing and referral to health services.
There is already concern that COVID-19 is leading to an increase of sexual and gender-based violence.
We are keeping the bodies in the morgues in the hope that this dreadful nightmare will soon be over and the dead can be given befitting Ghanaian burials.
By Dan Banik, University of Oslo The sale of used clothing is a billion-dollar global industry. According to some estimates, almost 70% of garments that are donated globally end up […]
Catastrophic food shortages and mass starvation are threatening greater devastation than the virus itself
Poorer and crisis-stricken countries likely to suffer far higher death tolls due to coronavirus
Female Islamic authority in Kenya is restricted by the traditional gender customs also evident in other Muslim societies.
Coronavirus ‘potentially catastrophic’ for nations already suffering food insecurity caused by famine, migration and unemployment
Mobile technologies put a world of information in a woman’s hand, the reasoning goes.
"They told me that the [test] result is out and I am negative. Still they don't want me to go out."
This will be aggravated by any loss of jobs or livelihoods that have resulted from the measures to control COVID-19.
How people now choose to behave, make collective decisions and build solidarity around the health of oceans has an impact not just on our own species but on all life on earth.
Official announcement greeted with cautious optimism but World Bank comes under fire over $500m education loan.
By Stephen Zunes, University of San Francisco When the turbulent and often tragic history of the past decade in North Africa is written, the 2019 pro-democracy revolution in Sudan will […]
Hundreds of women in Nigeria have been recruited by Boko Haram as suicide bombers, but some managed to outsmart the terrorist group. This is one woman’s story.
Women are clearly in charge in the villages I travel to for field work. They implement the plans the men create in their faraway high-level meetings.
A campaign of indiscriminate killings has driven hundreds of thousands from their homes. Now there are fears for the state’s survival.
Her passion and commitment towards her work were highly appreciated and acknowledged by her peers and people from her community.
Pedicures, manicures and blow-drys bring addicts through the door to help them access rehabilitation.
Mariam and Edna were just two of millions of children trapped in domestic slavery. Their tragic stories inspired me to write a novel targeting a practice that is rife in the country
A summary of the biggest developments in the global coronavirus outbreak.
The open space of the school playground allowed boys to claim food and money from others. Boys who were smaller were in fear of bigger boys.
Government support to the Arab militias strengthened in the early 1990s after the Sudan People’s Liberation Army’s incursion into Darfur.
The president had suffered a stroke in 2013 and the very few times he appeared in public,
Most of Ambo's residents are Oromos - and the protests were largely driven by anger that despite being Ethiopia's largest ethnic group.
One year after the 2019 general elections in Nigeria, courts are still busy deciding who the winners were in dozens of them.
Problems like this give counterfeiters and clandestine manufacturers a chance to push poor quality medicines into circulation.
We sought to study the experiences of unemployed individuals in two South African townships.
I underwent female genital mutilation at the age of seven.
Ethiopia has seen dramatic transformation and change over the past century.
Leaked documents reveal how Africa’s richest woman made her fortune through exploiting her own country, and corruption. Isabel dos Santos got access to lucrative deals involving land, oil, diamonds and […]
...but they are still held back by war and violence
Studies dealing with displacement have shown that music is among the vehicles the displaced adopt to communicate their grievances.
Around 40% of the country’s population has access to electricity.
Regional court ruling hailed as ‘landmark moment for thousands of girls’ who will no longer be forced to miss lessons and exams.
This dreadlocks bias is deeply rooted in traditional religious beliefs and myths, especially those of the Yoruba and Igbo people.
At US$1.1 billion per year, the mission is an expensive peacekeeping operation, and member states have been anxious to cut costs.
Concerns raised by parents, schools and civil society organisations include that elements of the curriculum are not appropriate for the age of the children
The task of eliminating hunger and malnutrition as set out in the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.