Classroom for 80 students in Ogun State, Nigeria
Africa / Africa

Child Poverty Post 2015

Classroom for 80 students in Ogun State, Nigeria

 The Millennium Development Goals (MDG) is by nature progressive, to be built upon and scaled up. As 2015 draws close to an end, development experts globally are exploring new sets of goals. A more suitable approach may be tackling the challenges discovered and scaling up on MDG …

President Obama in Kenya
Africa / Americas

Is US Foreign Aid Failing Sexual Violence Survivors?

US and Kenyan Presidents together in Nairobi, July 2015. Image available on Flickr.

A few weeks ago, US President Barack Obama visited Kenya, during which time he strongly condemned female genital mutilation, early and forced marriages, sexual assault and domestic violence against women. At the speech at a Nairobi sports center, 5000 Kenyans were loudly …

Nigerian Police
Africa / Blog

Change Builds on What Works

Osborne, Ikoyi

In Nigeria, the new government’s election campaign was centered on the idea of change as an event, as opposed to the reality of change as a process.

Three months into the APC led government, Boko Haram remains a challenge, the absence of a finance minister sees the Naira depreciating daily, suddenly,  its seems what …

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International Relations dialogue and Sub-Saharan Africa: why the silence?

Education. Photo Source: Javier Corbo via Flickr Creative Commons.

A search on Google Scholar using the search term ‘Middle East’ returns 3.5 million results; ‘North Africa’ 2.9 million; ‘Europe’ 4.7 million. In contrast, a search for ‘Sub-Saharan Africa’ returns just 660,000, posing an important question for international relations scholars: why is there such …

Cummins College of Engineering for Women via  Wikiimedia Commons
Africa / Americas

The Workforce and Women: Is it only a third world problem?

Cummins College of Engineering for Women via Wikimedia Commons

Women make up just under half of the world’s population and there has been a great advance in their rights. However, has it gone far enough?

The change in the job market has meant there has been a greater need for different skills, skills in which cannot be …

Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), November 2011
Africa / Asia

The Rhetorical Resurrection of the Commonwealth

Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), November 2011. Photo Source: Annaleise McDonough via Flickr Creative Commons.

Born from a postcolonial climate in which Britain sought to maintain influence in its former territories, the ‘Commonwealth of Nations’ is, for some, a continued legacy of imperialism. Yet, for an increasing number of politicians, the Commonwealth now represents …

African children, ludi via Wikimedia commons
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Africa: Its distorted image in the West

African children, ludi via Wikimedia commons

Many people tend to associate Africa either with images of war, conflict and poverty or with a beautiful landscape and an exotic wildlife. The part that lies between these two angles seems mainly to be forgotten: namely the ordinary life. As a result, it gives rise to the impression …

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Africa’s ‘Third Term-ism': The fragility of democracy in Burundi

Pierre Nkurunziza.  Copyright World Economic Forum/Eric Miller, via Wikimedia Commons.

Pierre Nkurunziza has emerged as the latest case in a long history of African leaders refusing to step down when the constitution says their time in office is over.  This April, President Nkurunziza announced he would be seeking a third term in …

HMS Dragon crossing the setting sun during operations in the Middle East – L(Phot) Dave Jenkins via Defence Imagery
Africa / Blog

Warships and Fishing Boats: EU’s ‘EUNAVFOR Med’ Libya Operation

HMS Dragon crossing the setting sun during operations in the Middle East – L(Phot) Dave Jenkins via Defence Imagery

The EU’s May 18th decision to use military force to tackle the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean is a significant development. The decision comes at a time of increasing pressure on Europe to act in the …

Local Justice and Reconciliation: Participation in mato oput ceremony in Acholi. Photo credit: Erin Baines/Justice and Reconciliation Project
Africa / Blog

Hunted for a decade for acts of ‘unimaginable brutality’: Dominic Ongwen’s trial by the ICC seems justified, but will it bring justice?

 

Justice through Reconciliation: Participation in mato oput ceremony in Acholi. Photo credit: Erin Baines/Justice and Reconciliation Project

LRA Commander Dominic Ongwen’s surrender in January was portrayed as a long awaited step towards ‘justice’. The Lord’s Resistance Army has terrorised vast swathes of the Great Lakes Region for over twenty years killing thousands, displacing millions and …