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CFA franc: conditions are ripe for replacement of the west African currency rooted in colonialism – expert

  By Kai Koddenbrock, Bard College Berlin   At no point in history has the CFA franc – the name of a colonial currency used in west and central African countries belonging to the franc zone – been closer to its demise. Senegal has overwhelmingly voted for leftwing Pastef candidate Bassirou Diomaye Faye (and his former party leader Ousmane Sonko) while the coup governments in Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger […]

todayApril 8, 2024 1


Cameroon’s rebels may not achieve their goal of creating the Ambazonian state – but they’re still a threat to stability

    By Manu Lekunze, University of Aberdeen   Cameroon’s separatist insurgency is an armed conflict in the country’s North West (NW) and South West (SW) regions that began in 2017. It pits government forces against several non-state armed groups, locally known as “Amba rebels”. The rebels seek to create a state called Ambazonia out of Cameroon’s English-speaking regions. The conflict has killed over 6,000 people and displaced 765,000. Over […]

todayMarch 18, 2024 2


Fintech and energy illuminate DR Congo’s nascent startup ecosystem

  By Conrad Onyango, via bird story agency The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), one of the world’s most resource-rich countries, is carving out a new prosperity niche as it emerges on the global tech scene. Known for its green metals, cobalt and copper, and the world's second-largest rainforest, the newest member of the East African Community is having a moment in the startup ecosystem. In 2023 the country raised […]

todayJanuary 23, 2024 10