Elections are supposed to hold politicians accountable: Officials who fear losing their seat will work harder for voters. But in some countries, political competition actually makes government worse.
If women don't have access to quality emergency surgery, they can develop dibilitating complications such as fistula.
Data suggest that people are living many years in poor health in Africa.
The leading causes of death in sub-Saharan Africa for adults 15 to 49 years were AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, maternal disorders, and road injuries.
Tanzania was an early, ardent believer in family planning. Now it joins a growing number of developing nations that see potential advantage in having a huge and growing workforce.
Working with African universities to effectively become research-intensive could transform sub-Saharan Africa's higher education landscape.
Obesity and malnutrition now coexist across sub-Saharan Africa thanks to a transition to Western diets. "Gamifying" nutrition programs can help nudge youth towards healthier eating patterns.
Africa is a deeply divided continent along ideological, ethnic and territorial lines. Religion and football can produce consensus.
While disaster insurance would go a long way in averting losses, demand for cover is still lower than expected.
The football world cup offers a useful chance to consider the apparent division between North and sub-Saharan Africa.
The short term interests of investors could lead to long term problems in sub-Saharan Africa.
Survey shows Zimbabwean policy makers need not fear a public backlash if they choose to abolition of the death penalty.
At first, the 2010s seemed full of hope for democracy. The picture today is rather more complicated.
Each year, 500,000 people die of malaria annually, a preventable disease. Most of them children in Africa, where many anti-malarial drugs are fake or substandard.
As early as 1953, Balandier demonstrated how the struggle against colonialism was associated with an inverted vision of the world.
In Sub-Saharan Africa, Arab-Islamic education is neither a limited nor recent phenomena. While poorly understood, it remains a fundamental part of the educational development of the region.
Inequality is decried at campaign rallies and in the global commentariat. But little is being done at any policy level.
American charitable foundations have gradually established themselves as key players in the African academic sector. If the benefits have been remarkable, there are risks as well.
Writing about Rwanda sometimes gives the impression of crossing a minefield. It is not a question of controversies between researchers but of denunciation and intimidation.
About 263 million children and youth worldwide are out of school. If some progress have been made, especially on school attendance, huge gaps remain on gender parity or equity in schooling choices.