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April 4, 2019

Americas
Trump’s Central American Mistake

Mexico and Central America can do little to curb migration without robust U.S. support.

Father and son walk in a caravan of migrants en route to U.S. in San Salvador

April 26, 2017

Sub-Saharan Africa
Security and Politics in Central Africa

In this episode of Africa in Transition, John Campbell speaks with Richard Moncrieff and EJ Hogendoorn of the International Crisis Group. The podcast addresses some of the many political and security…

Podcast Protesters in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

December 10, 2015

Politics and Government
Undemocratic Democracies in Rwanda and Central Africa

This is a guest post by Cheryl Strauss Einhorn, a journalist and adjunct professor at the Columbia Business School. Just this past month, Rwandan President Paul Kagame followed neighboring rulers in…

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March 26, 2019

Mozambique
More Support Needed for Recovery Efforts for Cyclone Idai in Southeastern Africa

Cyclone Idai devastated parts of Malawi, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe this month and dissipated last week. Recovery in the affected countries is starting, but there is still a long way to go. The UN is involved. The death toll continues to mount. As of March 24, according to media, it was 446 in Mozambique, 259 in Zimbabwe and at least 56 in Malawi. Local authorities caution that it is likely to go much higher.

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December 11, 2018

South Africa
South Africa's New Director of Public Prosecutions

President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa selected Shamila Batohi to the new national director of public prosecutions (NDPP) for a single ten-year term. As NDPP, Batohi will head the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), which, as its name implies, determines who to prosecute and who not to prosecute on behalf of the state. 

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April 18, 2019

South Africa
South Africa's DA Receives High Marks for Municipal Governance

In the run-up to South Africa’s national elections, the Democratic Alliance (DA) will receive a boost from the Good Governance Africa’s annual Government Performance Index. Good Governance Africa is …

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April 4, 2019

Mozambique
Cyclone Idai Reveals Africa’s Vulnerabilities

Floodwaters in Mozambique could spread cholera, raising the death toll even after the storm has passed.

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April 2, 2019

South Africa
South Africa's Language Question Remains Unanswered

The governing African National Congress (ANC) held a rally in Sharpeville (suburban Johannesburg) on March 21 to celebrate Human Rights Day and to commemorate the 1960 Sharpeville Massacre, widely regarded as the inaugural event in the struggle that eventually led to the end of apartheid in 1994. President Cyril Ramaphosa chose to speak about the “promotion of indigenous languages,” a theme of the United Nations’ International Year of Indigenous Languages.

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March 5, 2019

Technology and Innovation
Innovating Africa Out of Poverty

Known for his ground-breaking business theories on “jobs to be done,” Professor Clayton Christensen of Harvard Business School has a new book on disruptive innovation, The Prosperity Paradox: How Innovation Can Lift Nations Out Of Poverty. I sat down with the book’s co-author, Efosa Ojomo, who leads the global prosperity research at the Clayton Christensen Institute, to learn how policymakers can apply the book’s findings in Africa.

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March 21, 2019

Digital Policy
Building an Internet of Opportunity for Africa

Nigeria, Africa's largest economy and most populous country, is a representative example of the challenges Africa faces with internet connectivity. What steps can the country and the rest of the Afri…

Youths are seen browsing the internet at the launch of Google's free WiFi project in Lagos, Nigeria on July 26, 2018.