Deepening Democracy through Access to Information

ISS, Institute for Security Studies

Unpacking Africa’s divided stance on the Ukraine war

12th August 2022 Since Russia invaded Ukraine in February, the United States (US) and European governments have been scrutinising Africa’s reactions. Views from the... 

Shovelling for a pittance: East Africa’s young sand miners

11th August 2022 Children are increasingly involved in sand mining in East Africa. The illegal sand trade occurs in mostly remote areas, hidden from sight and out... 

Massacres and atrocities are one part of SA’s crime story

11th August 2022 A month ago, 16 people died when more than 130 bullets were fired at the Mdlalose Tavern in Nomzamo Park informal settlement in Soweto,... 


Africa’s mishmash of regional blocs doesn’t add enough value

10th August 2022 Africa’s regional groups should form the building blocks of an integrated African Union (AU). On a vast continent with 55 AU member states, such... 

More BRICS in the wall?

8th August 2022 Recent speculation that the BRICS group (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) plans to expand its membership has set tongues wagging in... 

Rajoelina and the saga of Madagascar’s smuggled gold

5th August 2022 Malagasy President Andry Rajoelina is evidently not very fond of South Africa. And vice versa. When he toppled Marc Ravalomanana in 2009, his... 

Nigeria’s creative sector could help write the security governance playbook

4th August 2022 With insecurity growing across Africa, countries need creative solutions to ensure safer societies. In Nigeria, where Nollywood generates close to... 

Mali to Dubai: artery for West Africa’s booming illegal gold trade

4th August 2022 West Africa’s lucrative gold trade has a costly dark side. Discrepancies in data on gold production and trade between Mali and Dubai in the United... 

Are South Africa’s police jumping the gun on new technologies?

2nd August 2022 Emerging technologies are seen as critical tools for making South Africa safer. This includes a rise in spending on city surveillance systems... 

Ethiopia urgently needs a transitional justice policy

1st August 2022 Earlier this year, Ethiopia’s government granted amnesty to political figures and influential activists detained since 2020. In justifying the... 

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