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Child miners: the dark side of the DRC’s coltan wealth

By: ISS, Institute for Security Studies      18th October 2021 Coltan is one of the world’s most vital minerals, and 60% of reserves globally are found in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC) Kivu... 

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Zimbabwean civil society organisations identify critical issues for country’s APRM process

By: South African Institute of International Affairs      18th October 2021 The Zimbabwean Government under President Emmerson Mnangagwa acceded to the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) in February of 2020. Zimbabwe... 

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What can be done to tackle the systemic causes of poverty in South Africa

15th October 2021 Despite gains made in the first 15 years of democracy, 55.5% of South Africans lived below the poverty line as of 2015. Coupled with the impact of... 

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African coups are making a comeback

By: ISS, Institute for Security Studies      15th October 2021 Coups used to be the method of choice in Africa for changing governments, with over 90 occurring between 1951 and mid-2020. During those years,... 

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ICJ draws the line in Kenya and Somalia’s troubled waters

By: ISS, Institute for Security Studies      15th October 2021 The International Court of Justice’s (ICJ) decision on 12 October regarding the maritime boundary between Kenya and Somalia is unlikely to please... 

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Why South African agricultural products face frontiers in African markets

By: Econ3x3      15th October 2021 South Africa's export-oriented agricultural sector is heavily reliant on the African continent, accounting for over 40% of annual exports. The... 

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Transition risks

By: Terence Creamer     15th October 2021 Recent developments in Europe and Asia – which have seen oil, gas, coal and electricity prices surge, as well as supply disruptions – have raised... 

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Why the African Union’s mediation effort in Tigray is a non-starter

14th October 2021 The United Nations recognises mediation as one of the most effective methods of preventing, managing and above all, resolving conflicts. The UN... 

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Françafrique is a blunt tool for explaining foreign policy

By: ISS, Institute for Security Studies      14th October 2021 French President Emmanuel Macron held a new kind of France-Africa summit in Montpellier on 8 October. He invited no African heads of state. Instead... 

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Nigeria at 61: checking president Buhari's 2021 Independence Day claims

By: Africa Check     14th October 2021 On 1 October 2021 president Muhammadu Buhari addressed Nigeria on the country’s Independence Day. This marked 61 years since Nigeria became a... 

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