Fri, Feb 7, 2020

Africa’s venture space attracts global interest

African startups are on an upward fundraising trend in 2020 and global investors are taking note. Last year the amount of venture capital channeled into African opportunities surpassed the $725.6M raised in 2018 by nearly $500,000. There were over ninety African companies that raised over a million dollars each in 2019, with Nigerian companies attracting the lion’s share of over $650 million.

AfricaSource by Aubrey Hruby

Africa Economy & Business

Wed, Jan 15, 2020

Sudan’s uncertain road ahead

Nearly six months in, the governing bargain between civilians and security forces seems to be holding strong, but there has been little concrete progress towards determining which side will emerge as the dominant actor at the end of the transition. That means that there is ongoing uncertainty over who ultimately is in charge, not only today, but well into the future. And uncertainty over what the political future will be means uncertainty over whether – and which – people will have jobs and the resources they need to support their families.

AfricaSource by Cameron Hudson

Africa Democratic Transitions

Tue, Jan 14, 2020

Congo, one year later

Overall, while there has clearly not been any regime transition in Congo, there are faint stirrings of change. It is long shot, but it seems that the Western strategy of embracing Tshisekedi in exchange for Kabila’s removal from office may yet – possibly, hopefully – bear some fruit.

AfricaSource by Pierre Englebert

Africa Corruption

Mon, Dec 9, 2019

N’oublions pas le pastoralisme dans l’agenda climatique

Les activités commerciales liées au pastoralisme en Afrique représentent environ un volume de l’ordre du milliard de dollars par an et entre 10 et 44% du produit intérieur brut (PIB) des pays africains. Au total, près d’ 1,3 milliard de personnes bénéficient de la chaîne de valeur du bétail.

AfricaSource by Abdoul Salam Bello and Rama Yade

Africa Climate Change & Climate Action

Mon, Dec 2, 2019

Sudan’s prime minister comes to Washington

Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok comes to Washington in search of a roadmap for ending decades of sanctions on Sudan. Since former ruler Omar al-Bashir came to power in a 1989 Islamist coup, Sudan has been numbered among the pariah nations of Iran, North Korea, and Syria. And for good reason: During Bashir’s long rule, […]

AfricaSource by Cameron Hudson

Africa Civil Society

Fri, Oct 11, 2019

Ahead of elections, Mozambique grapples with violent insurgency

Whichever way the government proceeds, it seems unlikely that a long-term solution to the ASWJ insurgency will be feasible without a concerted effort to simultaneously address the poverty and economic conditions underlying the insurgency in the first place.

AfricaSource by James Rogers

Africa Conflict

Fri, Aug 23, 2019

Oui, le sport peut être un puissant levier de développement en Afrique

English Synopsis: Last month’s African Cup of Nations has generated global enthusiasm and an outpouring of African patriotism, and other important sporting events are taking place on the continent, from South Africa’s hosting of the 2010 FIFA World Cup to Senegal’s hosting of the 2022 Summer Youth Olympics. Next year, the prestigious American National Basketball […]

AfricaSource by Rama Yade

Africa Economy & Business

Tue, Aug 6, 2019

Demystifying Malawi’s ‘Tipp-Ex election’

The use of white-out on results sheets in Malawi’s May election has brought international media attention to the small southern African country, leading some to dub the polls Malawi’s ‘Tipp-Ex election’ after the popular white-out brand.

AfricaSource by Luke Tyburski

Africa Elections

Thu, Jul 25, 2019

How should the US approach LGBT rights in Africa?

The framing of LGBT rights as a form of neocolonialism has proven an effective tool for local politicians and religious leaders who wish to prevent progress on the issue – and who often form alliances with foreign religious groups and governments in the process.

AfricaSource by Stephanie Mithika

Africa English

Mon, Jul 22, 2019

Reviewing Mauritania’s historic election

Mauritania’s June 22 presidential election marked the country’s first democratic transfer of power since independence. The ruling party’s Mohamed Ould Ghazouani won with 52 percent of the vote, and his closest challenger, Biram Dah Abeid, received 18 percent. But the election was less of a landslide than the vote totals imply.

AfricaSource by Luke Tyburski

Africa Elections

Content

Fri, Feb 7, 2020

Africa’s venture space attracts global interest

African startups are on an upward fundraising trend in 2020 and global investors are taking note. Last year the amount of venture capital channeled into African opportunities surpassed the $725.6M raised in 2018 by nearly $500,000. There were over ninety African companies that raised over a million dollars each in 2019, with Nigerian companies attracting the lion’s share of over $650 million.

AfricaSource by Aubrey Hruby

Africa Economy & Business

Wed, Jan 15, 2020

Sudan’s uncertain road ahead

Nearly six months in, the governing bargain between civilians and security forces seems to be holding strong, but there has been little concrete progress towards determining which side will emerge as the dominant actor at the end of the transition. That means that there is ongoing uncertainty over who ultimately is in charge, not only today, but well into the future. And uncertainty over what the political future will be means uncertainty over whether – and which – people will have jobs and the resources they need to support their families.

AfricaSource by Cameron Hudson

Africa Democratic Transitions

Tue, Jan 14, 2020

Congo, one year later

Overall, while there has clearly not been any regime transition in Congo, there are faint stirrings of change. It is long shot, but it seems that the Western strategy of embracing Tshisekedi in exchange for Kabila’s removal from office may yet – possibly, hopefully – bear some fruit.

AfricaSource by Pierre Englebert

Africa Corruption

Mon, Dec 9, 2019

N’oublions pas le pastoralisme dans l’agenda climatique

Les activités commerciales liées au pastoralisme en Afrique représentent environ un volume de l’ordre du milliard de dollars par an et entre 10 et 44% du produit intérieur brut (PIB) des pays africains. Au total, près d’ 1,3 milliard de personnes bénéficient de la chaîne de valeur du bétail.

AfricaSource by Abdoul Salam Bello and Rama Yade

Africa Climate Change & Climate Action

Mon, Dec 2, 2019

Sudan’s prime minister comes to Washington

Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok comes to Washington in search of a roadmap for ending decades of sanctions on Sudan. Since former ruler Omar al-Bashir came to power in a 1989 Islamist coup, Sudan has been numbered among the pariah nations of Iran, North Korea, and Syria. And for good reason: During Bashir’s long rule, […]

AfricaSource by Cameron Hudson

Africa Civil Society

Fri, Oct 11, 2019

Ahead of elections, Mozambique grapples with violent insurgency

Whichever way the government proceeds, it seems unlikely that a long-term solution to the ASWJ insurgency will be feasible without a concerted effort to simultaneously address the poverty and economic conditions underlying the insurgency in the first place.

AfricaSource by James Rogers

Africa Conflict

Fri, Aug 23, 2019

Oui, le sport peut être un puissant levier de développement en Afrique

English Synopsis: Last month’s African Cup of Nations has generated global enthusiasm and an outpouring of African patriotism, and other important sporting events are taking place on the continent, from South Africa’s hosting of the 2010 FIFA World Cup to Senegal’s hosting of the 2022 Summer Youth Olympics. Next year, the prestigious American National Basketball […]

AfricaSource by Rama Yade

Africa Economy & Business

Tue, Aug 6, 2019

Demystifying Malawi’s ‘Tipp-Ex election’

The use of white-out on results sheets in Malawi’s May election has brought international media attention to the small southern African country, leading some to dub the polls Malawi’s ‘Tipp-Ex election’ after the popular white-out brand.

AfricaSource by Luke Tyburski

Africa Elections

Thu, Jul 25, 2019

How should the US approach LGBT rights in Africa?

The framing of LGBT rights as a form of neocolonialism has proven an effective tool for local politicians and religious leaders who wish to prevent progress on the issue – and who often form alliances with foreign religious groups and governments in the process.

AfricaSource by Stephanie Mithika

Africa English

Mon, Jul 22, 2019

Reviewing Mauritania’s historic election

Mauritania’s June 22 presidential election marked the country’s first democratic transfer of power since independence. The ruling party’s Mohamed Ould Ghazouani won with 52 percent of the vote, and his closest challenger, Biram Dah Abeid, received 18 percent. But the election was less of a landslide than the vote totals imply.

AfricaSource by Luke Tyburski

Africa Elections