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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


Colonial statues in Africa have been removed, returned and torn down again – why it’s such a complex history

    By Sophia Labadi, University of Kent   In 2020, the murder of George Floyd in the US served as a catalyst for the global Black Lives Matter movement. It sparked widespread protests against police brutality and systemic racism. It also ignited debates about historical symbols of oppression, such as statues of figures associated with racial injustices. These debates presented colonial statues in Africa as having been contested and […]

todayMarch 13, 2024 4


Climate and Energy Campaigners Demand that African leaders to end fossil fuel investment

African climate campaigners and renewable energy industry advocates convened a press conference at COP28 in Dubai today, urging African leaders to put their communities first and reject new fossil fuel investments. "The climate crisis continues to impact the frontline communities’ livelihoods in the Global South, especially in Africa. The affected community's voices need to be heard. African leaders have to make the right choice and decision at COP28, decisions which […]

todayDecember 5, 2023 2