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Morocco’s imperfect solution to a forgotten migrant crisis


Seven years ago, 48-year-old Oluwafemi (not his real name) embarked on a journey of over 6640 kilometres, overcoming cold, thirst, hunger and extreme danger, in an attempt to reach Europe to make a better life for himself.
Born in Ibadan in Oyo State, south-western Nigeria, Oluwafemi used to (...)

Ghana has a thriving democracy because of its commitment to social dialogue


The result of Ghana’s recent presidential election, which saw President John Mahama defeated by opposition leader Nana Akufo-Addo, confirmed the country’s commitment to democracy.
However, this commitment goes beyond the occasional election. The key to this country’s democratic robustness lies in (...)

South Africa’s student protests: where the past is ever-present


The two deaths, scores of arrests and numerous accounts of violence committed by security forces in response to South Africa’s student protests have left the country reeling.
Activists have reflected on the similarities with apartheid-era police brutality, while many students see their struggle (...)

Botswana launches grassroots green fund


As world leaders and climate activists gather in Marrakech, Morocco for the 22nd Conference of Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention (UNFCCC), the southern African nation of Botswana is embarking on its own plans to improve the country’s environmental sustainability.
Its (...)

There’s still some way to go before Kigali’s street vendors secure decent work


At only 22, Claire Agiraneza, a single mother, left her hometown in Rwanda’s Northern Province and headed to the capital city of Kigali where she hoped to earn enough money to take care of her one-year-old son. In Kigali, she bought some fruits from one of the bigger markets and became a street (...)