Prevailing thoughts on slums stress their transitory character, but the complexity of everyday life in slums, including how people manage survival, is lost in the way they are understood from the outside.
The so-called “peaceful transition” in Mauritania, from colonialism to political independence, isn’t unanimously understood as such inside the country, and it reflects older rivalries.
Where does the idea that Zambia is a Christian nation come from?
To say we are "allies" would be to delude ourselves into thinking that some of us are safe. We are not safe.
Davis, who died at 84 on October 15th, was a prominent leader of the anti-apartheid movement in the US and an analytical thinker and visionary.
Mass monitoring poses a threat to democratic freedoms as the case of Tunisia shows.
Philanthropy and celebrities are not enough to remedy the inequalities that persist in Kenya.
Opposition parties, inequality, and the politics of failure in the Southern African region.
November 1, 2019, is the 65th anniversary of the War of Liberation against French colonialism. The ongoing protests in Algeria is expected to enter a new phase: civil resistance.
October 30 marks the 5th anniversary of the start of Burkina Faso's October 2014 insurrection. We revisit and assess those events.
Mobile-phone-based, person-to-person payment and money transfer systems are innovative—but are they really good for poverty reduction and development?
It's going take a fully democratic anti-capitalist movement to fight climate change. The case of South Africa shows how long we have to go.
Burkina Faso's security crisis and its new status quo of permanent military intervention will test the resilience of its political institutions.
The UNHCR and African Union's policy of returning migrants to their countries of origin, suggests that Africans should be grateful to just stay alive, and are only—theoretically—entitled to anything beyond that on their own continent.
Once we dismiss the fiction that Enlightenment liberalism and liberal democracy will inoculate western society from fascism, we can begin the project of actively combating right-wing extremism.
The winners of the Nobel Prize in Economics experiment on the poor, but their research doesn't solve poverty.
Does the peace deal between Ethiopia and Eritrea—now rewarded with a Nobel Prize—bring the kind of cooperation between the two countries that it aspired to do a year ago?
Cuba achieved more for Afro-Cubans in 50 odd years than in the 400 years before that. However, socialism did not resolve the question of racism on the island.
Rwanda is juking its development statistics as the international community turns a blind eye to the human rights abuses of Paul Kagame's authoritarian rule.
In Africa, the consequences of the growth-at-all costs model are starting to reveal themselves, and they're not pretty.