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16 January 2017
                       
 
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16 Jan 2017
 
 
How The Gambia is testing West Africa's resolve to protect democracy
THE CONVERSATION
The Gambia is an opportunity to reinforce election quality norms for the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). The 15-member regional group was initially set up as a trading bloc. But...
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11 Jan 2017
 
 
 
Daily Podcast - January 11, 2017
Podcast
Making headlines: Nersa gets new boss Gambia's top court adjourns Jammeh's poll challenge And, surprise move to make Eskom nuke procurer ‘unlawful
 
 
Gambia's top court adjourns Jammeh's poll challenge
LEGAL
African judges due to help Gambia's supreme court hear a challenge by President Yahya Jammeh's electoral defeat last December failed to show up on Tuesday, forcing the chief justice to adjourn the...
 
 
13 Dec 2016
 
African leaders head to Gambia for mediation talks
POLITICS
West African leaders are set to head to Gambia on Tuesday to try to persuade incumbent President Yahya Jammeh to agree "to leave office" after his defeat at the ballot box, a Senegalese foreign...
 
 
08 Dec 2016
 
Is SA #1 in the world for death, Nigeria for scrabble players & Kenya for tea?
AFRICA CHECK
After Africa Check published this report, Information is Beautiful changed its label for South Africa from "death" to "platinum". “Every country is best at something”, according to data...
 
 
07 Dec 2016
 
Castro’s death casts light on Africa’s relationship with its diaspora
INSTITUTE FOR SECURITY STUDIES
The death of long-time Cuban ruler Fidel Castro last month led to tributes for the larger-than-life revolutionary leader from across Africa. From the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa to...
 
 
08 Nov 2016
 
Beyond the ICC crisis: is there an alternative path for Africa?
THE CONVERSATION
Much has been said about South Africa’s withdrawal from the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the risks of a “domino effect” or “mass exodus”. At least two other African countries – Burundi...
 
 
14 Oct 2016
 
 
 
Africa sliding?
REAL ECONOMY: AFRICA OUTLOOK
Over the past number of years, the Africa Rising narrative has asserted itself. It has been a story of improving economic growth, rising investment and greater democracy. Between 2003 and 2008,...
 
 
29 Sep 2016
 
‘Slipping’ South Africa contributes to Africa’s big 2016 growth downgrade to 1.6%
ECONOMY
The World Bank has lowered its 2016 growth forecast for Africa to only 1.6%, a dramatic downward revision from the 3% figure projected in April. The new forecast represents the lowest level of...
 
 
28 Sep 2016
 
South Africa improves slightly in global competitiveness rankings
ECONOMY
South Africa has slightly improved its competitiveness score and ranking in the World Economic Forum’s (WEF’s) latest Global Competitiveness Index (GCI), registering marginal improvements in almost...
 
 
04 Aug 2016
 
 
 
Daily Podcast - August 4, 2016
PODCAST
Making headlines: DA wrests Kouga from ANC in the Eastern Cape Ebola after-effects threaten food shortages in West Africa And, SABC not above the law says Stella Ndabeni
 
 
Ebola after-effects threaten food shortages in West Africa – UN
EBOLA
Farmers in West Africa still reeling from the impact of Ebola, urgently need help or they could be forced to leave their farms to seek work elsewhere, the International Fund for Agricultural...
 
 
21 Jul 2016
 
 
 
Special Report: Unnecessary Ebola-Related Deaths (July 2016)
RECOMMENDATION
Every year it seems, a new global health crisis emerges. Today, Zika virus sows panic throughout Latin America and may soon spread north. In 2014-5, it was Ebola, which killed 11 312 people in the...
 
 
29 Jun 2016
 
 
 
 
 
Western Africa's missing fish: the impacts of illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and under-reporting catches by foreign fleets (June 2016)
RECOMMENDATION
Illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing is at the centre of a crisis of sustainability. Nowhere is that crisis more visible than in western Africa. Current rates of extraction are driving...
 
 
07 Jun 2016
 
 
 
The capabilities of finance ministries (June 2016)
RECOMMENDATION
All countries have a finance ministry. If one organisational feature defines what makes a state a state, it is a central unit that handles income and expenditure – or aspires to. Finance ministries...
 
 
 
                       
 
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