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Africa’s proposed new financial institutions risk being Potemkin villages

By: ISS, Institute for Security Studies      23rd February 2024 The African Union (AU) has launched a drive to establish its own panoply of financial institutions to address what it regards as the failure of... 

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‘This is no game’: Fact-checking Songezo Zibi’s Rise Mzansi election manifesto launch speech

By: Africa Check     23rd February 2024 The newly formed Rise Mzansi party launched its election manifesto in January 2024. We fact-checked seven claims made in the document and found... 

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Crunch time

By: Terence Creamer     23rd February 2024 The consequences of policy failure in electricity are so obvious there is no need to ventilate them again. Not so for gas, however, given that they... 

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Free movement in west Africa: three countries leaving Ecowas could face migration hurdles

22nd February 2024 For Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso, a recent decision to withdraw from the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas) has thrown up questions... 

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Africa’s debt crisis needs a bold new approach: expert outlines a way forward

22nd February 2024 It hasn’t been easy for African states to finance their developmental and environmental policy objectives over the past few years. Recent events... 

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Vote-based decisions could sharpen the Peace and Security Council

By: ISS, Institute for Security Studies      22nd February 2024 Chief among the many conflict situations discussed by the African Union Peace and Security Council (AU PSC) in 2023 were the coups in Niger and... 

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Nigerian diaspora group’s claims on jobs, inflation and national productivity don’t add up

By: Africa Check     22nd February 2024 In February 2024, a group called the Nigeria Diaspora Youth Coalition made a number of claims about Nigeria’s key economic indicators on X... 

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Women in South Africa’s armed struggle: new book records history at first hand

21st February 2024 South Africa’s young democracy was a culmination of years of sweat, blood and revolution against the apartheid regime. In the early 1960s, after... 

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Jobs in South Africa: the labour market is recovering from Covid – but unskilled and less educated people are still being left behind

20th February 2024 For more than three decades the South African economy has had very high rates of joblessness. The country’s economy has been unable to create... 

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HIV among older South Africans in rural areas: big study shows there’s a problem that’s being neglected

20th February 2024 South Africa continues to have a high prevalence of HIV among all age groups. About 8.2-million people or 13.7% of the population live with HIV,... 

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