By pushing their usually valid complaints onto the streets and the courts, opposition leaders deny governments the popular goodwill and international credibility they need to govern effectively.
African governments need to spend more effort on maximising the impact of foreign direct investment on economic growth
A peace deal with the Taliban has been signed. But rebuilding Afghanistan after three decades of conflict will take much more than an accord, says a scholar of peacebuilding.
President Ramaphosa's emphasis on fighting crime is well placed. Most categories of violent crimes have risen dramatically over the past eight years.
Even in the most tense and dangerous of moments, the elite has found a way to come back together.
The re-integration of defectors from terror groups into society is a conundrum governments in conflict situations have to deal with across the world.
The alarm being raised by multilateral financial institutions about rising government debt across Africa is exaggerated. The real problem is that African governments pay way over the odds for debt.
Labour can use networks to create public pressure to protect workers' rights.
The former president's stranglehold on the press made it very difficult for journalists to do their jobs.
Political legacies generated during authoritarian rule have a tendency to transcend into the multiparty era.
There are cost-effective solutions to the problem of sub-standard drugs in Nigeria and other low-income countries.
Unregulated and hazardous lead acid battery manufacturing and recycling plants are often adjacent to residential areas, agricultural and grazing lands.
Desmond Tutu is by far the most high-profile African, if not global, religious leader to support lesbian and gay rights, and he has done so since the 1970s.
Coup risk in Guinea-Bissau is likely to decline, but changing leadership presents its own risks.
The ICC must not further destroy its credibility by cooperating with the sorts of bad actors who should be before a court themselves.
The unusual weather can be attributed to the Indian Ocean Dipole. This is the difference in sea surface temperatures between the eastern and western tropical Indian Ocean.
The most popular broadcast medium in Ghana has gone through a politically fuelled evolution that has strengthened it.
Unemployed people in South Africa suffer acute distress and more needs to be done to give them social support.
Concerned about rising cases and spread of Lassa fever, the Nigerian Academy of Science has called on government to declare it a national health emergency.
The resilient Mau Mau freedom fighters failed to maintain revolutionary action after independence.