The IMF was blamed after the 2014 Ebola crisis for contributing to the failure of West African health systems to develop.
West African health systems were weak before the IMF got involved. Sadly, the policy reforms demanded by the IMF in exchange for loans have undermined governments' ability to repair these problems.
A protest against President Joseph Kabila. The poster reads: “Kabila must leave without any conditions”.
Attempts to deepen democracy in Africa by limiting presidential terms to two have not entirely quashed a culture of entitlement to rule. Glimpses of it persist, much against citizens' wishes.
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”.
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.
Ntombithini Ndwandwe, an agroecology farmer displaying her diversity of traditional seeds in Zimele, KwaZulu-Natal.
Since 2000, the growth of the commercial seed market has almost tripled. More than 63% of the world’s commercial seed is now owned by six corporations.
Religious teachers can feel uncomfortable explaining the science of evolution to their pupils.
Many South African teachers don't accept the theory of evolution. They feel deeply conflicted when they have to teach it to their pupils as part of the life sciences curriculum.
Burkina Faso is among the African countries that have experienced popular protests in recent years.
Grassroots protesters are questioning the logic of export-led ‘growth’ and renewed fiscal austerity pushed through the ‘Africa rising’ narrative. They want policies that meet their basic needs.
A truck bearing the image of Uganda’s President Museveni.
Regular changes of government through free and fair elections that reflect the wishes of the majority of citizens are a critical component of democratisation. But how significant are polls in Africa?
On the lookout after the attack in Ouagadougou.
Burkina Faso is on its way to becoming a healthy and stable democracy – and that's got West Africa's jihadists riled.
Cotton on the move in Burkina Faso.
The GM debate in the developing world encompasses countries with very different priorities. Through the shrill battle of interests, the real agents for change tend to be overlooked.
Post-election violence in Kenya in January 2008. The country was forewarned in its peer review report that trouble was brewing, but took no action.
The African Peer Review Mechanism has made a difference since it was started in 2003. There are multiple examples of reforms that have been introduced as a result. All have gone unnoticed.
Amid the debate about what languages should dominate at African schools, we’re missing an important point: why do we learn language in the first place?
There are two functions of language: communication and access to knowledge. Each must be pursued as an objective in its own right rather than being lumped together.
Thomas Sankara remains a revered figure in Burkina Faso long after his death.
Many African countries continue to creep along a predetermined path that takes them away from any real possibility to defend their sovereignty and meet the needs of their people.
Celebrations as Muhammadu Buhari takes office.
The hope is that Buhari will be honest and efficient — but his post comes with significant baggage.
Here we go again: protesters in Ouagadougou.
Burkina Faso has suddenly grabbed the world’s attention with a remarkable popular uprising, in which hundreds of thousands of Burkinabé have forced the resignation of long-serving president Blaise Compaor…