October 30, 2018Nigeria
According to Sahara Reporters, on October 27 the Shia were marching from Suleja to Abuja in preparation for a religious event called Arbaeen Symbolic Trek. The marchers apparently took a route that had not been approved by the security services. When the soldiers and police intervened, marchers responded by throwing rocks. The army and police responded with live ammunition.
November 1, 2018Human Rights
Abuses committed by African militaries in the fight against Boko Haram have raised important questions about U.S. military involvement in the conflict, particularly the debate about U.S. military assistance and the role of the nearly 1,800 U.S. personnel across West and Central Africa.
October 29, 2018Nigeria
This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger between October 20 to October 26.
October 31, 2018Comoros
Earlier this month, protests against Comoran President Azali Assoumani turned violent, as armed protesters squared off against the military in the old town of Mutsamudu. Located on the archipelagic country’s island of Anjouan, the city has seen a wave of protests from locals following Assoumani’s victory in a controversial referendum, which upends the country’s power-sharing arrangement, held earlier this summer.
October 26, 2018Mozambique
In Mozambique, ongoing negotiations between FRELIMO and RENAMO, which had resumed in 2016 following some armed conflict, have been suspended; the sticking point between the two movements appears to be the disarmament of RENAMO and the recent elections earlier this month, whose results RENAMO disputes.
October 24, 2018South Africa
Corruption has become a burning political issue in South Africa, particularly in the final years of Jacob Zuma’s abridged term in office. The faces of South Africa's Zuma-linked corruption were the three Gupta brothers: Ajay, Atul, and Rajesh.
October 22, 2018Nigeria
This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger between October 13 to October 19.
October 25, 2018Ethiopia
In a cabinet reshuffle last week, Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed appointed ten female ministers, comprising half of the all cabinet posts. Days later, Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame announced that Rwanda’s new cabinet would also be gender-balanced. The Ethiopian parliament elected its first female president, Sahle-Work Zewde.
October 18, 2018Development
The World Bank has recently released its Human Capital Index, part of the Human Capital Project. The index seeks to measure how much economic productivity per capita is being lost because of underinvestment in human capital.