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Somalia lost $1b to graft

A former top financial manager in the Somali government has released a report detailing how over $1 billion was diverted from the national budget between 2013 and 2015. Abdirazak Fartaag worked as the head of the Public Finance Management Unit between 2009 and 2011 and his report was released on October 26.

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Fed up and not afraid!

Following weeks of public demonstrations against corruption, bad governance and a rapidly deteriorating economy, people all across Zimbabwe heeded a call last week for a nationwide stay-away, in an act of defiance against the government.

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Ballots instead of bullets: do elections in Africa favour leadership changes?

Milan (Italy) – For a long time, Africa largely did without multiparty elections. African would-be voters, however, began to raise their voices. The “democratic” reforms they demanded and obtained in the early and mid-1990s changed the political landscape of the continent. But did elections in Africa actually represent a better chance for voters to choose their leaders? Read the analysis of Giovanni Carbone, head for Africa Program at the Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI).

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Swiss battle to return Africa’s stolen loot

It irritates Valentin Zellweger that ‘no longer than six minutes into any James Bond movie, a sleazy Swiss banker still appears.’

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A country is not a company; that’s why technocrats fail in running economies

There is a pervasive argument in Kenya, and arguably in most of Africa and the world, that the main governance challenge today is the want of technocrats.

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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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