When diplomacy becomes appeasement – a view from Canada

Leading up to the recent vote on non-permanent members to the UN Security Council, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau talked with Rwandan President...

A response to Nic Cheeseman on authoritarian aid

Nic Cheeseman has written an interesting article about the current crisis in Ethiopia and its implications for development funding. It contains some...

The Conflict in Ethiopia Calls Into Question Authoritarian Aid

The conflict in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region is a tragedy for the citizens caught up in the fighting. It also threatens to...

How to Revive Africa’s Lost Civic Spaces

It was a hot afternoon at the Obafemi Awolowo University campus, a university situated in the ancient city of Ile-Ife, a little...

Why Democracy Matters for Development in Africa

The spectre of authoritarian development models looms large over Africa. As states such as Rwanda and Ethiopia have seemingly combined strong economic...

Resistance Bureau! Next live show 22 July! Sign up!

As the terrible abduction of journalist Hopewell Chin'ono in Zimbabwe demonstrates, free speech and civil liberties are under threat in Africa during the pandemic. The...

#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...

#BookClub: Building peace out of diversity and violence

A potent issue in designing institutions to address violent conflict is whether such institutions should explicitly recognize or avoid reference to ethnic identities.  Conflicts...

The Impact of COVID19 on Food Security in Africa

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected all sectors of economies globally. Here in Africa, the crisis has drastically impacted food security. Supply chains, food and...
The Continent Issue 3

The Continent – brilliant free African journalism

The Continent is a brilliant new venture from Simon Allison and the team at Mail&Guardian. It brings together fantastic writing from African journalists across...