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Archive June 2015

Is the hyped free movement of people across African economic blocs a farce?

Countries on the continent are never short of declarations and protocols announced or signed with fanfare at the African Union summits.

Over the past two months alone, I have attended a number of conferences discussing the protocols on the free movement of people, labour, goods, capital and services within the continent’s regional economic communities (RECs).

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German Development Cooperation Piggybacks Onto Africa’s E-Boom

Berlin – In a major paradigm shift, the German government is now placing its bets on digitalisation for its development cooperation policy with Africa, under what it calls a Strategic Partnership for a ’Digital Africa’.

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July 2015 Day-by-Day

As Burundi goes to the polls, journalism is a high-risk job

Bujumbura – For the families of journalists like me in Burundi, life has been hell these past few weeks, especially since street protests began in April against the president’s plans to run for a third term.

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Opinion: The ACP at 40 – Repositioning as a Global Player

Brussels – In his memoirs, Glimpses of a Global Life, Sir Shridath Ramphal, then-Foreign Minister of the Republic of Guyana, who played a leading role in the evolution of the Lomé negotiations that lead to the birth of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States, pointed to the significant lessons of that engagement of developed and developing countries some 40 years ago and had this to say: “As regards the Lomé negotiations, the process of unification – for such it was – added a new dimension to the Third World’s quest for economic justice through international action.

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Three Lessons in Repression from Khartoum to Juba

Civil society activists in Khartoum suffered at the hands of Sudanese authorities for decades, but there was hope for South Sudanese activists after the country seceded from the north on July 9, 2011. Most of South Sudan’s leading activists and journalists relocated to Juba, where they hoped to start afresh and contribute to developing their proud new nation. Today, almost four years later, South Sudan has crumbled into a war zone, and civil society is on the defensive yet again.

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