Given that some states are being asked to increase their presence in border and remote areas, free trade and free movement of goods and people could become a real cause for concern.
In a surprising change in trends, citizens in many African countries increasingly support government restrictions of press freedom.
Africa's democracies have grown stronger during a period in which the world is backsliding on democracy.
When the establishment retains some leverage over reformers change can be slow, superficial, and short-lived. Sudan appears to be a textbook case of this scenario.
A weakened central power makes it easier for violent groups - like highway bandits, local militias and armed bands of jihadists - to emerge and thrive.
The killing of protesters by the Sudanese military signifies its reluctance to hand over power, as demanded by the African Union.
In the ongoing arms race to kill off mosquitoes that spread malaria, researchers have modified a naturally occurring fungus that kills mosquitoes with a deadly toxin to wipe out these insects faster.
Ghana is the latest country in Africa to mandate the use of pictures on cigarette packages to convey health warnings.
The role of the military in toppling authoritarian rulers, after intensive popular protests, raises questions about how the AU's policy against coups should be applied.
For democracy to work, the press has to be free.
Government restrictions on individual freedoms in the name of public security is increasing.
Any policies and interventions around water management can only really be successful if women are included.
Malaria is prevalent in developing countries. Epigenetics may be the key to finding its Achilles heel.
It's all too common for local scholars to be sidelined in what are supposed to be genuine research partnerships.
It's one thing to come up with food security plans. But implementing them is tough.
In just a few years, Burkina Faso has become the fourth largest gold exporter in Africa. But with 43% of the population still below the poverty line, what are the local benefits?
The build-up of foreign armed forces does not bode well for the citizens of Niger.
A lighting revolution is underway across Africa that's occurred largely without government or donor involvement.
Green infrastructure can be a valuable tool in helping vulnerable communities to face the double threat of flooding and drought.
Vaccines that help prevent meningococcal disease don't give lifetime protection.