Africa

Improving Agriculture and Governance in Africa Can Help End Hunger

Improving Agriculture and Governance in Africa Can Help End Hunger

By Daniel Balaban, Director and Representative of the World Food Program Centre of Excellence Against Hunger in Brazil
Location Brazil Brazil

While Africa continues to face enormous challenges in reducing rural poverty, a vision of economic renaissance led by farmers is beginning to take hold. A new framework to tackle the role of agriculture development in Africa was raised at the 10th Comprehensive Agriculture Development Program (CAADP). Efficient investments, either private or public, in agriculture practices addressing family farmers, allowing the creation of institutional markets and improving its production is what Africa expects from its national […]

April 2, 2014 · 0 comments · Africa, Business, Economics
Tunisia 2014: Redeem the Past, Rethink the Future

Tunisia 2014: Redeem the Past, Rethink the Future

By Imen Yacoubi, Professor of English at the University of Jendouba
Location Tunisia Tunisia

Tunisia’s Islamist government, contrary to expectations, did not fall apart in 2013. 2013 may not have been a happy year for Tunisia: carnage followed by frustration dominated the scene, after two opposition leaders were assassinated, and with an explosion of terrorism targeting security and army troops. Contrary to expectations, the Islamist government and its allies did not fall apart in 2013. Although the protests that erupted after Brahmi’s assassination were tenacious, they were not massive enough to […]

What You Need To Know About Nelson Mandela

What You Need To Know About Nelson Mandela

By Michael Sharnoff, Founder and Editor of Sharnoff’s Global Views
Location United States United States

With the passing of South African anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela, what impact does this have on the global community? On Thursday, Nelson Mandela, who spent three decades in prison for protesting against South Africa’s apartheid regime, passed away at the age of 95. Mandela became South Africa’s first black president in 1994 and helped steer the nation on the path towards democracy. Mandela’s doctrine of nonviolence and peaceful coexistence earned him praise from the international […]

December 5, 2013 · 1 comment · Africa, Democracy, Politics, South Africa
Nigeria’s Diversity Management Challenge

Nigeria’s Diversity Management Challenge

By Chris Kwaja, Lecturer and Researcher at the Centre for Conflict Management and Peace Studies, University of Jos
Location Nigeria Nigeria

A dominant feature of Nigeria’s pluralistic setting has been the subordination of national identity to primordial sentiments that are rooted in sub or micro nationalism. Although the Nigerian state represents the legal basis for sovereignty, authority and legitimacy, loyalty to sub-national identities continue to threaten the legitimacy and existence of the state. The growing influence of centrifugal forces — religion, ethnicity and regionalism — continue to weaken the nation and state building project of the […]

Sudanese Protesting Fuel Hikes, Corruption

Sudanese Protesting Fuel Hikes, Corruption

By Moez Ali, Sudanese Analyst
Location United Kingdom United Kingdom

When Sudanese President Omar Al Bashir removed fuel subsidies, protests erupted in several cities including Khartoum. After the removal of the subsidies the price of petrol shot up from 12 to 21 Sudanese Pounds per gallon. The Sudanese population took to the streets in protest in Khartoum, Medani, El Obeid and other cities. The police, the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) and other security forces moved in to clear the streets with brutality. The […]

October 1, 2013 · 0 comments · Africa, Arab Spring, Politics, Sudan
Is The Media Hyping Kenya’s Terrorist Attack?

Is The Media Hyping Kenya’s Terrorist Attack?

By Sharnoff's Global Views
Location United States United States

Al-Shabab, an Islamist extremist group based in Somalia with ties to al-Qaeda, claimed responsibility for an attack in Nairobi’s Westgate shopping mall on Saturday. More than 60 civilians have been killed and 11 Kenyan soldiers injured. The Kenyan authorities have failed to exert full control over the situation, as al-Shabab fighters remain hidden in the mall. With the world watching these tragic events unfold, many are questioning why Kenya was the target of a terrorist […]

September 23, 2013 · 0 comments · Africa, Politics
Nigerian Shrinking Governable Space

Nigerian Shrinking Governable Space

By Chris Kwaja, Lecturer and Researcher at the Centre for Conflict Management and Peace Studies, University of Jos, Jos, Nigeria
Location Nigeria Nigeria

Perceived deficits and rising discontents associated with the responsibility of the Nigerian state to protect and provide have raised the stakes of politics and access to power in the country. Despite the return to democratic governance in 1999, there are concerns that prospects for consolidating democracy and democratic governance is far from being achieved as poverty, inequality and an effective service delivery system holds the country and its people siege. All these have contributed in […]

August 3, 2013 · 1 comment · Africa, Nigeria, Politics