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 …

Old men of Portugal by Curtis Foreman (Flikr Commons)
Blog / International Development

What to do about the “old bulge”

Old men of Portugal by Curtis Foreman (Flikr Commons)

This article will outline what the “old bulge” means and suggests some ways in which the challenges it presents can be dealt with by giving old people independence and allowing them to contribute to society.

The “old bulge”

Due to falling fertility rates and higher survival of …

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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Africa / Blog

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 …

African children, ludi via Wikimedia commons
Africa / Blog

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 …

By Copyright World Economic Forum/Eric Miller, (mailto:emiller@iafrica.com) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Africa / Blog

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 …

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 …

Dustbin estate
Africa / Blog

Why Economic Growth and Inequality and Poverty co-exist in Africa

Dustbin estate slum in Lagos

Following Jeffery Sach’s ‘the end of poverty and Bill Easterly’s ‘the white man’s burden’, Paul Collier presents another perspective on the causes of poverty and what can be done about it, in ‘the bottom billion’. In it Paul Collier breaks down the cause of poverty into four categories; conflict, natural …

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Africa / Blog

Citizens Participation for Good Governance in Africa

Ballot Papers – Source: Original picture from Nejeed Bello

For African governance, the most significant barriers blocking better governance remains corruption and poor service delivery. As indicated by the 2004 World Development Report, the relationship between citizen empowerment to actively participate in holding their government accountable and demanding for better has vital implication for better …

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