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Archive March 2016

Namibia’s President Geingob one year on: A for effort, D for performance

As Namibians take stock of President Hage Geingob’s first year in office, they have much to ponder. This has been one of the most active years in Namibia’s one-party dominated politics for a long time. For ten years under former president Hifikepunye Pohamba, Namibians had become used to good-natured but listless leadership (ultimately rewarded with a Mo Ibrahim Prize for African Leadership at the end of his second term in 2015).

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Peace partners in Somalia turn to books to help fight Shabaab

International partners in the Somalia peace process are now using formal education and vocational training to counter Al Shabaab influence on illiterate youth. The European Union (EU) for example, has set up 10 model schools in Jubaland, Puntland, Galmudug, Banadir and Hiraan — areas that the African Union Mission in Somalia (Amisom) has liberated.

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The perversion of class consciousness in Nigeria

In a country where the police and justice system are largely perceived as corrupt and ineffective, many Nigerians have resorted to vigilantism and jungle justice to balance the scales. But as expected, in the court of public opinion where sentimentality and frustration run high, the quest for justice can become perverted, if not overtly partial.

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I love the U.N., but it is failing

In the run-up to the election of a new secretary general this year, it is essential that governments think carefully about what they want out of the United Nations. The organization is a Remington typewriter in a smartphone world. If it is going to advance the causes of peace, human rights, development and the climate, it needs a leader genuinely committed to reform.

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Kenyan universities link up to sustain the environment

[NAIROBI] A project has been launched to help Kenyan universities incorporate environmental and sustainability features in their curriculums and operations at their campuses.
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Dr. Frannie Leautier appointed as senior Vice-President of the African Development Bank Group

ABIDJAN, Côte d’Ivoire – The African Development Bank is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Frannie Leautier as the Senior Vice-President of the African Development Bank Group effective on 9th May, 2016.  

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