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We, the undersigned organisations, express our ongoing support for the Zondo Commission of Inquiry into Allegations of State Capture. We condemn all attempts aimed at frustrating and delegitimising its work. Given the national importance of the work of the Zondo Commission in probing state capture, we believe that its findings and recommendations will be critical […]

Universities have a long history of operating in environments that are unstable, disruptive and unpredictable. They’ve endured political upheavals, financial crises and disruptive trends such as digital transformation and globalisation. They’ve had to respond to demands for greater access, life-long learning and multiple competing demands from students, society, the state, industry and local communities. But […]

South African billionaire Patrice Motsepe’s intention to contest for the presidency of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) will make for an interesting run up to the March 12 election. Until he announced his intention it appeared that Ahmad Ahmad, the Malagasy who currently leads the organisation, would be a shoo-in. He had already secured support from 46 of […]

As they say in Mali’s Manding language, yiriba binna: a giant tree has fallen. Amadou Toumani Touré, who died in an Istanbul hospital on November 10th at age 72, is being warmly remembered in Mali as one of the country’s greatest leaders. As a 42-year-old army colonel, he led the coup that ended more than two decades of […]

Twenty years after he left political office, probably nothing divides Ghanaians more than their opinions regarding Flight-Lieutenant Jerry John Rawlings who has died. His lingering political influence on Ghana may be second only to Kwame Nkrumah. Some like Rawlings, some hate him. I wrote a PhD on Rawlings and his rule at the end of the 1980s. […]

Diabetes is a serious, chronic condition that affects the lives and well-being of individuals, families, and societies globally. It is characterised by excess levels of sugar in the blood. There are three main types of diabetes: type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes, and gestational diabetes. Type 1 diabetes often begins from childhood. It occurs when the […]

  By Thin Lei Win ROME, Nov 12 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – As the world’s 450 public development banks held their first summit this week, committing to put the global economy on a greener and more resilient path, data showed poor communities hit hard by climate change are receiving little financial help. Less than 2% […]

  By Kagondu Njagi NKUTHIKA, Kenya, Nov 12 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – After selling another bundle of firewood to his latest customer, Augustinoa Kinyua whistled as he made his way back to the spot where he had been preparing his field for planting. Usually, Kinyua supports his family by growing and selling crops such as […]

  By Matthew Lavietes NEW YORK, Nov 10 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – In the end, delivery driver Tyrita Franklin-Corbett’s decision to vote for Joe Biden came down to one key issue: gig work. The 45-year-old single mother lost her auditing job when the pandemic hit and she began delivering groceries in the Washington, D.C.-area for online startup Instacart. The […]

Africa is facing an increasing burden of noncommunicable diseases. The lack of physical activity is a risk factor for most of them. Research on physical inactivity trends in Africa is limited. But evidence suggests that as countries undergo transitions such as increased urbanisation, physical activity levels may decline. But in Africa, the health agenda is […]

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