Nana Akufo-Addo with the Sword of Authority as he is sworn in as Ghana’s 5th president in Accra.
Until African political systems become less majoritarian and do a better job of protecting the rights of minorities, the true benefits of a democratic government are unlikely to be realised.
Lesotho voters wait patiently to cast their ballot.
Politics in Lesotho can look incredibly complicated, with a mish-mash of competing political parties and repeated military interventions. It’s a mess, but it’s not that hard to unravel.
A woman votes in Zambia. Beyond multi-party systems and regular elections, many countries resemble very little of true democracies.
Democracy is in a parlous state in many countries in southern Africa. Autocrats hold onto power, while electorates have little to choose from at the polls.
Schools can offer their pupils valuable support systems even if they’re short on resources.
Schools that have supportive strategies in place can offer buffers. They can promote positive outcomes -- for pupils and teachers.
Local people at Tendaguru (Tanzania) excavation site in 1909 with Giraffatitan fossils.
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Africa has one of the world's richest fossil records, and evidence suggests that amateurs collected really important fossils long before professionals arrived on the scene.
In Africa a study shows stark differences between perceptions of justice among the rich and poor.
Most Africans see courts as legitimate but only a slim majority trust them while one in three people believe judges are corrupt.
Presidents Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Muhammadu Buhari, Macky Sall and former Ghanian President John Mahama at a special meeting of Ecowas on The Gambia.
SADC's credibility is at stake. Its lack of political will in acting decisively against despots is at odds with the African Union's goal of promoting legitimate governance on the continent.
Fishers in Mozambique won’t benefit from southern Africa’s latest deal with the EU.
A deal intended to help southern African countries develop could instead turn them into an EU dumping ground for cheap goods.
Children pump water at communal tap in Durban, South Africa. The country is facing a mounting water infrastructure challenge.
Massive state capture activity is taking place in the South African water sector under the guise of radical economic transformation, threatening financial sustainability and water supply.
Hair speaks of the past, and of cultural heritage.
Hair has long been modified for aesthetic and other ends. But skewed power structures have meant that women, particularly women of colour, have borne the brunt of stereotyping and prejudice.
Mega development projects can have a positive impact. But there are risks. Between 2004 and 2013, some 3.4 million people were ‘physically and economically displaced’ by World Bank projects alone.
Cattle drink water from an almost dry dam in South Africa. The drought in the region is one of a number of troubling issues that remain largely hidden from public sight.
One of the many intriguing ideas of the Austrian philosopher, Ludwig Wittgenstein, was this: the limits of my language means the limits of my world. Does this explain the failure to see the gathering gloom…
A great deal of detail about poverty and inequality in South Africa remains unspoken.
Some hard-to-hear facts are not included in the World Bank's new discussion note on poverty and inequality in South Africa.