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Archive September 2015

Western partners can’t provide military assistance to fight Boko Haram, but here’s what they can do

The US and others may not be able to provide weapons to an army implicated in human rights abuses. But helping reform Nigeria’s prisons and police could have a real impact.

The Nigerian military has committed a shocking array of human rights abuses during the war against Boko Haram. These violations have strained relations with international partners and decreased the government’s effectiveness fighting the militants. This issue appears to have reached an impasse, with Nigerian officials accusing the US and other international organisations of deliberately harming the war effort by refusing to provide military assistance.

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How to make sense of … the short-lived coup in Burkina Faso

The short-lived coup in Burkina Faso may be one of the quickest in the history of African military coups.  It merely lasted a week.  So, if you are still trying to make sense of what happened, how it unfolded, and what’s next, we’ve got you covered.

For an AIAC on the ground analysis of the events as they unfolded, see here. And read this piece for an overview of what’s coming next, after President Kafando was restored as head of the transitional government. For more daily observation from direct from Ouagadougou read Daniel Eizenga’s guest series on the Sahel Blog.

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Photography and Translation

Does image-making serve the preservation of oral tradition? Candice Jansen hears from Patrick Willocq, a photographer documenting a once ephemeral ritual of the Walé in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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When public declaration of asset falls short

It is not easy to know how much a president, or any politician, is worth in Africa. So it was a matter of great public interest when Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, described by his image minders as ‘living an austere and Spartan lifestyle’, recently announced that he owns two inherited mud huts, some cows and a little money. But is that all?

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Africa: Hot Air or Real Hope? the Radical Potential of the SDGs

Putting aside the goals and targets, the wider politics of the Sustainable Development Goals might just about create some space for genuine transformation. Later this week, heads of state will assemble in New York to launch the Sustainable Development Goals. The agreed text lays out 17 goals and 169 targets. It is an ambitious agenda for all of humanity.

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Mauritian president calls for embracing of S&T

Nairobi – African governments and the private sector need to embrace science, technology and research for development, according to President Ameenah Gurib-Fakim of Mauritius. In a speech Gurib-Fakim delivered during the launch of the Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa (AESA) this month (10 September) in Kenya, she noted that there are research and development challenges in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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