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A FARC member waves a white peace flag to commemorate the completion of their disarmament. AP Photo/Fernando Vergara

Engaging Colombia’s students may be key to long-term peace

Ending violence is only a first step. Research from Colombian universities sheds light on the role of education in peace-building.
It’s not enough for textbooks just to be present in a classroom. They must support learning. Global Partnership for Education/Flickr

Accessible, engaging textbooks could improve children’s learning

Textbooks in sufficient quantities are effective in improving the quality of education but in Africa language poses a problem to how pupils interact with the material they are taught.
Rwandan President Paul Kagame attending a 2016 climate change conference in Marrakech, Morocco. Mohamed Messara/EPA

How the relationship between Rwanda and Trump’s America could change

A Trump presidency brings into question America’s traditional approach to Africa, especially Rwanda. But a true shift in US foreign policy in Africa is not a priority for the Trump administration.
Mothers-to-be must go for dental check-ups early on in their pregnancies to ensure that they don’t develop pregnancy gingivitis. Shutterstock

How gum disease in pregnant women poses a risk to their newborns

Up to 70% of women develop gingivitis during their pregnancy but not many seek dental treatment for bleeding gums. This could be detrimental for their babies.
A protest against President Joseph Kabila. The poster reads: “Kabila must leave without any conditions”. Reuters/Francois Lenoir

Africa faces a new threat to democracy: the ‘constitutional coup’

Attempts to deepen democracy in Africa by limiting presidential terms to two have not entirely quashed a culture of entitlement to rule. Glimpses of it persist, much against citizens' wishes.
A protestor uses grass to obscure his identity during a protest against President Pierre Nkurunziza’s decision to run for a third term in Bujumbura, Burundi. Reuters/Goran Tomasevic

Burundi edges closer to the abyss in 2016

The prospects for reconciliation are bleak. Formal gestures by the government to nudge the opposition parties to join an intra-Burundi dialogue have consistently failed.
Former Chadian leader Hissene Habre being escorted in to stand trial at the Palais de Justice in Dakar, Senegal in 2015. He was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison in 2016 by judges of the Extraordinary African Chambers for crimes against humanity, rape, sexual slavery. EPA/Stringer

Beyond the ICC crisis: is there an alternative path for Africa?

There are fears that the withdrawal of countries from the ICC would mark the end of international criminal justice in Africa. This need not be the case.
A policewoman carries a Burundi flag during a protest against President Nkurunziza’s decision to run for a third term. Reuters/Goran Tomasevic

Burundi and Rwanda: a rivalry that lies at the heart of Great Lakes crises

The competition between the two authoritarian regimes has become a fact that, given the regional context, is here to last. It justifies repression and indefinitely postpones democratic expression.
Supporters of Julius Malema’s Economic Freedom Fighters hold a mock coffin of the governing ANC during an election rally in 2014. Reuters/Skyler Reid

South Africa’s politicians must guard against killer narratives

Unscrupulous politicians are adept at using regressive story lines that feed insecurities. That could be dangerous ahead of South Africa's hotly-contested municipal elections.

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