In Durban, South Africa, “shackdwellers are taking their municipality to court. The government evicted poor residents from their homes … [in order to allow the construction of a road] … and threw them into transit camps, where they live ‘like a fish in a tin’, waiting for more permanent housing that never comes. [One of the conditions of the eviction order was that the occupiers would be provided with permanent housing within a year. The deadline for doing so expired almost two years ago and nothing has been done to comply with the order.] It’s not easy to make the state behave in ways that aren’t like a state. But this is shackdweller statecraft” (from Dear Mandela and Raj Patel).
More than white saviorism, the privatizing and deregulating education in Liberia as government policy that enabled for this violence, should take the blame.
African demographic growth is expected to continue unabated over the next century. How should poverty reduction be addressed on the continent?
How do Morocco and Senegal, the two African countries that had a May ’68 of their own, commemorate or debate that legacy 50 years later?
Youth activism and the politics of violence in South Sudan.
In a world of fake news, shallow analysis and torrid pontificating, combining empirical evidence with emotive expression, is what give Roy’s essays legs.
Many will read Sisonke Msimang’s new memoir for its musings on exile and home, but it is also a political telling of the complicated South African transition.
Fasting and prayer don’t determine election results; and two, social media has profoundly changed the political landscape.
The time is ripe to ask not “does aid work,” but “how does aid work?”
The global response to a disease that largely effects the most marginalized populations of poorer countries shows a basic lack of respect for human rights on the part of international institutions.
When black students at an elite school in South Africa’s capital protested over how teachers treated them over their hair, everyone noticed. It’s not the same in township schools.
Pith helmets and jodhpurs aside, Melania Trump went to four African countries to promote her “Be Best” education initiative. What’s that about?
The renaming of streets is an important urban decolonial practice.
Try being a single woman in Nigeria.
Why did the CIA want to silence Mandela? And what does this tell us about his political legacy?
Sixteen years after the end of the Angolan civil war, the Angolan state considers how to properly remember and memorialize the leader of UNITA.
How can Cosatu remain relevant in the face of declining membership and a failing formal economy?
In Ghana, political leaders, religious leaders and leading rappers all have one thing in common.
Obama’s speech in South Africa, marking the late Mandela’s 100th birthday, is more liberal white washing of radical social movements of the past.
Homosexuality continues to be a dangerous topic in Senegal. There, as in much of the African continent, heteronormative behavior is enforced with violence.
Mathew Lane Durham’s sexual abuse of orphans in Kenya exposes a deeper disfunction with American voluntourism and Christian outreach in Africa.