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Brazil pushes for stronger representation of developing nations as G20 FM meeting opens

Foreign ministers of the G20 gathered Wednesday (Feb. 21) in Rio de Janeiro to discuss poverty, the climate crisis and heightened global tensions. Brazil which took on the annual presidency of the bloc, laid out its priorities. It notably pushed for stronger representation of developing nations in global governance institutions and multilateral banks. “Brazil's presidency of the G20 focuses on three main priorities: The fight against hunger, poverty and inequality; […]

todayFebruary 22, 2024 7


Lagos: drugs, firearms and youth unemployment are creating a lethal cocktail in Nigeria’s commercial capital

    By Adewumi I. Badiora, Olabisi Onabanjo University   Lagos is the most populous city in Africa and a regional economic giant, having west Africa’s busiest seaport. It is the centre of commercial and economic activities in Nigeria. The city’s population is estimated to be 20 million people. The existence of informal settlements makes it difficult to come up with a more precise number. Lagos has grown rapidly since […]

todayFebruary 21, 2024 2


China’s demand for Africa’s donkeys is rising. Why it’s time to control the trade

Women walk with their donkeys in Ethiopia’s Amhara region. Buena Vista Images/GettyImages Lauren Johnston, South African Institute of International Affairs In recent years, there’s been a huge, rising demand for donkey hides in China, where they are used to make an ancient health-related product called ejiao. Ejiao is made from collagen that’s been extracted from donkey hides mixed with herbs and other ingredients to create medicinal and health consumer products. […]

todayFebruary 20, 2024 1


Slums and guns in Bamako: what’s driving the illegal weapon trade in Mali’s capital city

    By Oluwole Ojewale, Institute for Security Studies   As west Africa urbanises, many cities have become interconnected through trade, travel and technology, and crime has increased in complexity and scope. The proliferation of arms in west African cities, especially in the aftermath of conflicts in Libya (2011) and Mali (2012), has added to these challenges in Bamako, Mali’s capital. In 2018, the Small Arms Survey estimated that roughly […]

todayFebruary 19, 2024 1


Mungiki, Kenya’s violent youth gang, serves many purposes: how identity, politics and crime keep it alive

    By Bodil Folke Frederiksen, Roskilde University   Kenya has scores of youth gangs known for their violence and links to the politically powerful. None is more infamous than the Mungiki movement, with a past membership estimated to be at least a million. Though banned, it’s constantly in the news as a tool or target of big political players. Bodil Folke Frederiksen, who has studied Mungiki as part of […]

todayFebruary 15, 2024 3


Kenya’s sex workers have solutions to their problems, but international NGOs aren’t hearing them

  By Lise Woensdregt, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam   In Kenya, rights organisations run by sex workers have gone into numerous partnerships with international organisations over the past decade. In recent research, I set out to understand whether these relationships worked in favour of the sex workers and their organisations. My research focused on an organisation in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, that supports male sex workers. Kenya’s laws punish activities related to […]

todayFebruary 13, 2024 3


Women fishers in Makoko, Lagos’s ‘floating slum’, are struggling as breadwinners: education and funding would make a difference

Makoko women fish traders waiting to buy fish from fishermen. Yasuyoshi Chiba / AFP / Getty Images Ayodele Oloko, University of British Columbia Makoko, a coastal fishing community in Lagos, Nigeria, was established by fishermen in the 19th century. It is considered the world’s largest “floating slum”. There are conflicting figures about its population but it is home to about a million inhabitants living in poor and informal housing built […]

todayFebruary 7, 2024 2

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Uhuru Dembers Talks More On Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Foundation Mining Indaba

In a recent address at the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Foundation Mining Indaba, Uhuru Dembers, Director of the Desk for Social Development of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Republic of Namibia, and associated with the Social Economic Justice Unit of the Council of Churches in Namibia, shared insights into the outcomes of the national alternative mining conference held on January 29th and 30th, 2024. A Landmark Gathering for Namibia's Mining […]

todayFebruary 2, 2024 11