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Africa’s technological arms race

Africa’s technological arms race

Digital surveillance: real and present danger Telecommunications snooping has emerged as a fundamental threat to African journalists Many journalists and researchers will remember the mid-2000s as halcyon days, when a...

Silencing the guns

Silencing the guns

Africa: fragile gains There’s been some progress towards ending wars on the continent, but 2020 was never a realistic goal for ending all conflicts Seven years ago, in 2013, African leaders solemnly vowed “not to...

A brotherhood of man

A brotherhood of man

Senegal: Mouridism and identity The Mourides, who represent a black Senegalese version of Islam, have helped to inform nationalism in the country Earlier this year I was sitting on the TGV high-speed train travelling...

Sub-Saharan Africa: Islamic investment

Sub-Saharan Africa: Islamic investment

  The Islamic world is increasingly seeing Africa as a destination for foreign investment, both on the institutional and corporate fronts. One sign of such interest was the recent forum on investments in Africa, held...

Lots of talk, little progress

Lots of talk, little progress

SDG 4: Education Quality education in Africa looks like a hopeless case, but it’s a matter of taking the right steps By Munyaradzi Makoni Africa has high levels of inequality, between regions and within nations. Its...

Off-track, little prospect of improvement

Off-track, little prospect of improvement

SDG 8: Decent work and economic growth The ogre of corruption looms over Africa, reducing the continent’s chance of meeting SDG 8 by 2030 By Tom Osanjo According to the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the Sustainable...