Ethiopia’s Civil Conflict Won’t Heal Easily

“Pray for us and tell the world that this guy is bombing us.” My friend Mubarak’s What’s App...

Why Silicon Valley needs to be more responsible in Africa

In November 2019, dazzled by the promises of fintech (finance/technology) and digital technologies for 1 billion Africans, Jack Dorsey, founder of Twitter,...

What we do (not) know about Internet shutdowns in Africa

Internet shutdowns in Africa have become the new normal. In 2019, at least 10 African countries blocked access to the internet, constituting...

Social media, the Diaspora, and the Politics of Ethnicity in Ethiopia

On Monday 29 June I noticed my social media feeds become overwhelmed with posts about the sudden death of Hachalu Hundessa, an...

How fighting fake news hurts free spech

Governments across the world are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Alongside the mountain of related challenges, fake news has become a source...

Facebook’s ongoing scramble for Africa

In 2016, Facebook’s grand project to ‘connect the unconnected’ was banned in India after a year-long national debate led by digital activists....

Is there a way out from Ethiopia’s crisis of governance?

The world has come to know the Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed for winning the Nobel Peace Prize. But he is increasingly...

Beyond the Dam: Sustaining the Nile Watershed

Ethiopian electrification rates are low, even by African standards. At least 55% of Ethiopians don't have electricity, lagging behind Sudan (40%) and Egypt, which...

#BookClub: East Africa After Liberation

In the latest in our popular #BookClub feature, Jonathan Fisher reveals the most significant lessons of  his important new book East Africa After Liberation. To...

Preventing COVID-19 from becoming a hunger crisis in Africa

In the last several months, COVID-19 has taken up nearly every news headline in nearly every country in the world. The health impact, testing,...