In Africa mediation mandates are typically contained in resolutions passed by the UN the AU or sub-regional bodies that attempt to resolve conflicts.
Mediation is common in Africa but there hasn't been enough emphasis on how it affects the outcome of peace negotiations.
The southern African region can benefit from beneficiating produce like sugar.
The Southern African Development Community (SADC) roadmap towards greater regional trade integration and development is a good start but lacks detail.
Africa needs to improve governance, build infrastructure, and reduce trade barriers to achieve inclusive growth.
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The need to connect African markets to aid development will once again be discussed at the World Economic Forum. The debate needs to move beyond the usual rhetoric.
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.
In Somalia a programme was launched to train people in the handling and processing of fish to reduce waste.
The gains reported in 2016 went hand in hand with overall growth in Africa over the last two decades.
Zimbabweans living with HIV who come to South Africa often have challenges remaining on their antiretroviral treatment regimens.
South Africa and Zimbabwe have made significant strides to roll out antiretrovirals. But the regional expansion of treatment programmes still needs work.
Only by importing and manufacturing generic drugs can developing nations afford to meet their people’s health care needs.
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After nearly two decades of legal battles and negotiations, South Africa is moving to cut the cost of medicines with policies to increase imports and local production of generic drugs.
Intelligent trade policies needed to counter uneven distribution of water resources.
Intelligent trade policies can help limit the threats, including food security, that come with an uneven distribution of water resources across the globe.
African trade and economic integration is set for growth.
The African trade and integration spaces are seeing significant improvements and gathering even more momentum in the face of Brexit. Sarah Logan looks at the driving factors.
South African President Jacob Zuma arrives at a European Union-South Africa summit in 2012.
It's unclear what South Africa's attitude will be to negotiating new deals with the UK and the EU. In the past seven years it has lost its appetite for trade deals, particularly with the developed world.
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.
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Tanzania’s John Magufuli greets ruling party members after being declared winner of the presidential elections.
Tanzania’s new president, John Pombe Magufuli, needs to change the country's lukewarm attitude to the EAC and regional integration, which has cast a shadow over the future prospects of the region.
Reducing the HIV rate is one of the joint goals of southern African governments.
In the region, the Southern African Development Community will have a critical role to ensure the targets of the sustainable development goals are met over the next 15 years.
Africa has suffered its fair share of military rule, but many countries are now electoral democracies.
Democracy in Africa has yet to be firmly anchored to withstand the strong currents that threaten it. Although most African countries are electoral democracies, most hold dubious elections.
Luangwa River, Zambia, at the start of the dry season.
Emma Archer van Garderen
We need political intervention if southern African countries are to mitigate the effects of climate change.
One student from elsewhere in Africa was told that since Nelson Mandela had died, it was time for she and other foreigners to leave South Africa.
South Africa is a popular destination for international students - especially those from the SADC region. Will xenophobia keep them away?