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  Saleemul Huq is the director of the International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD) in Bangladesh. The British government, as the host of the COP26 U.N. climate conference that was originally planned for November 2020, decided to postpone it a year due to the COVID 19 pandemic. Now we are hearing rumours that another […]

  Tamara Wood is a visiting fellow at the University of New South Wales’ Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law and Edwin Abuya is a professor of law at the University of Nairobi. It’s been 10 years since the United Nations-declared famine and drought in the Horn of Africa forced hundreds of thousands of Somalis from their […]

By Anuradha Nagaraj, Anastasia Moloney and Kim Harrisberg May 6 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The United States’ announcement that it backs waiving intellectual property (IP) protections for COVID-19 vaccines could be a “game-changer” in the global fight to control the pandemic, health experts said on Thursday. The surprise move comes amid fears that India’s escalating coronavirus […]

A decade ago the Ivoirian government, with the help of the United Nations, started programmes to build peace after nine years of war. The conflict ended after President Alassane Ouattara was brought to power with the help of Forces Nouvelles rebels and French and UN troops. Côte d’Ivoire has not returned to war. But elections in 2018 and 2020 were marred […]

  Until COVID-19 hit, the quality of life of youth (age 15-24) in sub-Saharan Africa had been steadily improving. According to the World Bank, by 2019 the youth literacy rate stood at 73%. Gross secondary school enrolment rates increased from 13 % in 1971 to 43 % by 2018. Youth unemployment rates have remained fairly stable, […]

Institutions of higher education worldwide are undergoing unprecedented change because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Universities and colleges have been forced to switch to online teaching and learning. Many were unprepared for this move to what is termed emergency remote teaching and learning. It is now just more than a year on from many countries’ initial lockdowns. […]

  Zambia is one of the fastest eroding democracies in the world. This is according to the Varieties of Democracy Project (V-dem), one of the most trusted sources of information on indicators of democratic progress or regression. The project’s 2020 report notes that Zambia has registered a remarkably rapid decline in the quality of democracy since the […]

  The recent spate of military coups in Africa, which were intended to be transitional, might instead be a risk for democracy in the long term. There might be a short term need to maintain security. But the military may not necessarily be a credible partner to build democratic governance. Military intervention could mean that […]

  Created in 2003, the National Commission for the Fight Against Genocide is responsible for Rwanda’s genocide remembrance policy. It is a programme that has, over time, influenced all aspects of politics across all sectors. Each year, on 7 April, themed memorial events are organised by the commission, in close collaboration with the president. This article addresses […]

  The story of COVID-19 vaccines and vaccination in Africa is slowly unfolding, as more and more countries across the continent receive shipments of the long-awaited vaccines. These early shipments won’t be enough for all. Some countries have used up the limited supply they have received, while others are still waiting. But some have them, […]


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