South Africa: Playing an African part on the world stage

South Africa: Playing an African part on the world stage

South Africa has now shown up to the world party. In its latest incarnation as football World Cup host last month, the country proved itself gracious, displaying hospitality to the world, entertaining its guests and spreading the message to international…

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Africa’s silence for peace

Africa’s silence for peace

The 2010 Year of Peace and Security in Africa initiative, established by the African Union (AU), has received vital attention from those leaders attending the AU summit. The AU is actively seeking more sustainable domestic resources as a means to…

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Malawi:  Study sheds light on cash transfer debate

Malawi: Study sheds light on cash transfer debate

The findings of a World Bank study, which examines the effects of giving Malawian girls money to stay in school, have reignited the contentious debate on cash transfers. For decades economists have been embroiled in polemical discussions, regarding the pros…

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Naomi Campbell and Those ‘Dirty Diamonds’

Naomi Campbell and Those ‘Dirty Diamonds’

When the Sierra Leone Special Court was set up in Freetown in 2003 few thought that it would still be functioning seven years on and no one imagined that it would involve the “supermodel”, Naomi Campbell, appearing as part of…

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Realizing Africa’s ‘green revolution’ through collective action

Realizing Africa’s ‘green revolution’ through collective action

The upcoming African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) to be held in Ghana on September 2nd will attempt to accelerate development in agricultural productivity across the continent. The forum will be chaired by the former UN secretary-general, Kofi A. Annan who took…

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Africa’s Young Voices

Africa’s Young Voices

Presidential celebrations in Washington DC, USA brought together 115 young African leaders to commemorate a milestone in Africa’s legacy. This year, 17 Sub-Saharan African countries observe the 50th anniversary of their independence. The young leaders were subsequently given a chance…

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Kenya: Agencies urged to protect endangered birds

Kenya: Agencies urged to protect endangered birds

An endangered bird species faces extinction in the East Africa region if urgent measures to stop illegal logging in indigenous forests in the Kenyan Coastal Region and North East Tanzania are not put into place urgently.  A joint study by…

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South Africa: Media freedom under threat?

South Africa: Media freedom under threat?

South Africa’s government is seeking action to regulate the country’s media. The ANC government is discussing proposals including a Media Appeals Tribunal, and updates to legislation known as the Protection of Public Information Act. The tribunal will serve to handle…

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Britain in Sierra Leone: a return to colonialism?

Britain in Sierra Leone: a return to colonialism?

The latest episode of the BBC’s current affairs documentary ‘Our World’, explores the intriguing dynamic that has existed between Britain and Sierra Leone since Britain’s intervention into the African nation in 2000. This intervention is widely credited to have brought…

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South Africa: OECD urges enforcement on foreign bribery

South Africa: OECD urges enforcement on foreign bribery

Enforcement of the convention on combating bribery of foreign public officials in international business transactions needs to be stepped up by senior officials, the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) urges. The convention is recognised as the only international…

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