Tag Archives: good governance

The right to ‘eat’

Politics in many parts of Africa is often understood through a metaphor of eating – a point to which Jean-François Bayart drew our attention in his seminal 1989 publication, The State in Africa. In …

Kagame’s critique of his govt shows media, civil society missing in action

If I were asked to name the best critical voice against President Paul Kagame’s government within the country whether individual or institutional, I would say: President Kagame himself. For it’s when he speaks, often

Where is Central African Republic?

The Central African Republic (CAR) is a country with lot of land, few people, and a little physical infrastructure, located within a cluster of states with a history of prolonged conflicts: Chad, Sudan South Sudan,

2016 in review: Africa for Optimists… and Pessimists

Amid all the doom and gloom of this year, there have been a few good news stories. But 2016 has been a pretty bad year for the world, and Africa is no exception. Simon

The ‘Big Man’ Syndrome in Africa

The ‘Big Man’ Syndrome in Africa 0

Why do so many African leaders overstay their welcome or break electoral rules? In the recent elections in Uganda, 30 year incumbent Yoweri Museveni won a fifth five-year

De Kerchove, EU Counter-terrorism Coordinator: “France is not alone in Sahel”

Brussels – “France is not alone in Sahel”. This statement was made by the EU Counter-terrorism Coordinator, Gilles De Kerchove, in an interview with Afronline.org and African media. “Sahel has become a top priority for …

With Billions of Euros Pledged, Mali Risks Aid Overflow

International donors pledged to mobilise 3.25 billion Euros to rebuild Mali, a figure that surpassed all expectations. But experts warn that the country does not have the absorption capacity for so much aid, while others …

Creative Chinese encounter Ugandan inscrutability

A few years ago, a World Bank study revealed that Uganda was losing Ush500 billion a year to corruption, much of it in procurement of supplies and services. That is real money. One would have …

U.S. Kiobel Decision Bucks 30 Years of Precedent

Washington – The U.S. Supreme Court has dismissed a lawsuit against the Royal Dutch Shell Petroleum Company brought by alleged human rights victims. The ruling, which was handed down Wednesday, is seen as a serious …