Africa’s pastoralists: A new battleground for terrorism

In January 2013, Hamadou Kouffa led Islamist forces from northern Mali south toward Konna and Diabaly, an act that precipitated an African and French intervention eventually driving the militants out of entrenched positions. Two years later, Kouffa re-emerged on the international scene at the head of the newly founded Macina Liberation Front (Front de Libération […]

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New wine in an old bottle? The German ‘Marshall Plan with Africa’

The German government is effecting a paradigm shift in its cooperation with the African continent. In line with this, the ‘Cornerstones of a Marshall Plan with Africa’ has been launched by the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development and a ‘Compact with Africa’ by the Federal Ministry of Finance under the German G20 presidency. […]

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The moribund CMU is not worth the tears

A framework for simple, transparent and standardized securitization was supposed to be the flagship of the European Commission’s Capital Markets Union plan. However, so far, it has only brought more complexity, regulatory uncertainty and internal disagreements within the European Parliament. Source: BROKERS

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Has development lost sight of hope?

In September 2015, international development cooperation entered a new era with the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Similar to many other ‘launches’ in this sector, these goals have inspired hope. The 2030 agenda is expected to really transform our world with truly global goals. But what place does hope have in development? In this […]

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Africa Writes 2017 – Save the Date

Africa Writes is back! Friday 30 June – Sunday 2 July 2017 Brought to you by The Royal African Society Join us for an exciting summer weekend at the British Library celebrating the best of contemporary literature from Africa and the diaspora. Last year we were joined by 67 guests contributors and writers from 18 […]

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Africa Writes joins the Jalada Mobile Literary & Arts Festival

Africa Writes joins the Jalada Mobile Literary & Arts Festival Date & Time: 3rd – 31st March 2016 Venues: 5 countries and 12 towns: Kenya (Nairobi, Nakuru, Kisumu, Mombasa), Uganda (Kampala, Kabale), DRC (Goma), Rwanda (Kigali) and Tanzania (Mwanza, Arusha, Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar) plus a showcase at Africa Writes festival in London, 30 June – […]

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The Sahel G5: France’s Foothold in the Sahel

The G5 Sahel consists of Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, Chad and Mauritania and is headquartered in Nouakchott, Mauritania. The group was created in 2014 to coordinate the fight against terrorism and ensure security and development. It followed Serval, the French military intervention in Mali in 2013, which has been transformed into the Barkhane operation in […]

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