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African Games 2024: is it really worth it for Ghana to host the mega sport event?

    By Kamilla Swart, Hamad Bin Khalifa University   The African Games, formerly the All-African Games, is taking place from 8-23 March in Ghana. Scheduled for 2023, they were postponed due to a regional impasse over marketing rights, delays in getting facilities ready and Ghana’s growing economic crisis. Kamilla Swart researches and teaches sport mega-events. We asked her about the African Games’ potential for sport tourism and about the […]

todayMarch 7, 2024 9


Oromia makes up a third of Ethiopia’s landmass and is key to its fortunes: expert unpacks its significance

    By Bizuneh Yimenu, University of Birmingham   Ethiopia’s largest and most populous region, Oromia, has been in the news following reports of a rise in kidnappings for ransom. The region is no stranger to war and strife. Its people have long fought against political marginalisation. But the region is more than just the site of conflict. We asked Bizuneh Yimenu, who’s researched the region for over a decade […]

todayFebruary 19, 2024 17


In Today’s Troubled World, Building Peace ‘Humanity’s Greatest Responsibility’, Secretary-General Stresses, Outlining Organization’s Priorities for 2024

UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ briefing to the General Assembly meeting on the priorities of the Organization for 2024, in New York: Let me begin by extending my very best wishes for 2024.  I wish health and happiness for you and your families — and peace for our world. Our Organization was founded on the pursuit of peace.  Peace is our raison d’être.  Yet as I scan the landscape of today’s […]

todayFebruary 8, 2024 2


Zuleikha Mayat: South African author and activist who led a life of courage, compassion and integrity

By Saleem Badat, University of the Free State Few Indian South African women have achieved wider public recognition than author, human rights and cultural activist Zuleikha Mayat, who passed away on 2 February 2024. An honorary doctorate from the University of KwaZulu-Natal was just one of many awards bestowed on her during a life that spanned almost 98 years. Mayat was a remarkable pioneer, evocative writer, public speaker, civic worker, […]

todayFebruary 7, 2024 5


Liberia transferred power peacefully again: 3 reasons the calm is holding, and one red flag

    By Charles Wratto, Babes Bolyai University Joseph Boakai was sworn in as Liberia’s 26th president on 22 January 2024. Boakai secured a six year term of office after defeating incumbent president George Weah in a keenly contested November 2023 poll with 50.9% of the votes cast. The west African country of 5 million people reached a major milestone on 17 November 2023, when Weah, of the Congress for […]

todayJanuary 24, 2024 2


Education has a huge role to play in peace and development: 5 essential reads

Children’s education is frequently disrupted in conflict-fraught areas. Daniel Beloumou Olomo/AFP via Getty Images Natasha Joseph, The Conversation Nelson Mandela was a famous advocate for the value of education. In 1990, the man who would become South Africa’s first democratically president four years later told a high school in Boston: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” The United Nations agrees. In 2018 […]

todayJanuary 24, 2024 16


East DR Congo: president’s elusive bid for peace

Felix Tshisekedi became president of the Democratic Republic of Congo in January 2019 and promised to pacify the east, the scene of decades of militia violence. Nearly five years on, peace in the turbulent region remains elusive, with the security crisis a key issue in December 20 polls in which Tshisekedi is seeking re-election. Here are the main statements and decisions on the crisis made by the president during his […]

todayDecember 6, 2023 1



Uutoni irked by disputes in some traditional authorities

Minister of Urban and Rural Development Erastus Uutoni said he was disturbed by disputes within some of the traditional communities that has ‘really’ reached an alarming rate. Uutoni made the remarks during the officially inaugurated the |Gaio-Daman Traditional Authority Head Office and Ernst Taguri Gurirab Community Hall at Anker in the Kunene Region on Saturday. He reminded traditional authorities that disputes not solved on time result in conflicts which are […]

todayNovember 27, 2023 5

South Africa

President Ramaphosa appeals for more action from the international community in reviving the Israeli-Palestinian peace process

President Cyril Ramaphosa has concluded his working visit to the Arab Republic of Egypt with an appeal to the international community to do more in enabling the revival of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. The President traveled to Cairo, Egypt on 21 October 2023, to attend the Cairo Summit for Peace at the invitation of Egyptian President, His Excellency Abdel Fattah El-Sisi. In his plea to the international community, President Ramaphosa […]

todayOctober 23, 2023 4