The problem with Africa's model of industrial growth is that it privileges the formal at the expense of the informal and big corporations at the expense of small businesses.
The transnational project conceived 30 years ago to replenish the drying waters of Lake Chad finally seems poised to take off. But first, internal politics within member states must be overcome.
The UK foreign secretary has been talking up the merits of clearing away bodies to build a new Dubai on the Libyan Med.
The UN's latest plan for Libya needs to provide a peace dividend that is felt by the people, not just pay lip service to liberal democracy
Kim Jong Un's regime has already earned millions from the export of arms, missiles, drugs and endangered wildlife products.
Like Australia and the US before it, Europe is now flirting with the idea of processing centres for refugees in transit countries.
At present, the Middle East and North African region contains 7% of the world's population but only has access to 1.5% of its renewable freshwater supply through rainfall.
The West needs to push for local action against Islamic State's reign of terror in the Middle East. States in the region must find solutions to the conflicts to bring peace and stability.
It is a dangerous and illegal move to make.
The news of Saif al-Islam's release should be taken with a pinch of salt. During the past six years of warfare in Libya the fabrication of news has become common practice.
As far as Moscow's concerned, the stakes in Libya are low and the potential returns very high.
After abstaining on a key Security Council vote in 2011, Moscow lost billions of dollars in Libyan contracts as well as its say in international security governance. It wants both back.
Everyone has forgotten there were almost as many asylum seekers in Europe in the early 1990s as today.
Protests in Tunisia and Morocco show underlying causes of the Arab uprisings remain intact.
Migrants crossing Libya to reach Europe increasingly face violence and human traffickers.
Of all the places for a jihadist militant group to operate, it would be hard to find a more conducive country than Libya.
A deal to secure the southern Libyan border aims to stop migrants from attempting to cross the Mediterranean.
The Conversation asked two experts to look at the data.
History suggests it would be a big mistake.
While US officials have consistently maintained that American military domination is essential, a resurgent Russia poses challenges.