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Côte d'Ivoire’s President Alassane Ouattara addresses a rally ahead of the referendum on a new constitution. The placard reads “yes to new Ivory Coast”. Luc Gnago/Reuters

Controversial constitutional referendum sparks distrust in Cote d'Ivoire

The proposed new constitution would allow Alassane Ouattara to remain as president. Opposition parties see this move as a constitutional “coup” that will also protect his allies.
A child holds a pen as children play at a primary school in Burundi: access to education has improved but other challenges remain. Reuters/Thomas Mukoya

Access to quality education in Africa: how to plug the gaps

It is more important than ever that the locus of control of education development is driven by African public intellectuals who can speak truth to power
Mohamed Noor (left) and Huda Omar pose for a photograph during their wedding ceremony in Mogadishu, a picture at odds with the city’s reputation. Reuters/Feisal Omar

The Mayor of Mogadishu: what you get when African cliché is dropped

The Mayor of Mogadishu tells the story of Somalia with a personal and very human touch without losing sight of complex national and international political dimensions.
Crime is not at all evenly distributed in any country or city, so smaller scale data is essential. Shutterstock

What to look for in South Africa’s troubling crime statistics

South Africa releases crime statistics once a year. Politicians interpret them according to their particular agendas. Here's a guide to what to look for and how to make sense of the trends.

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