Navies, and other security agencies, won't be able to improve maritime security as long as root causes on land are not addressed.
Feeding a simple narrative of piracy without a broader look at other maritime security challenges hinders progress in dealing with it.
Despite its importance, Cameroon's maritime fisheries sector is plagued with largely hidden, or ignored, fisheries crimes.
New regulations on the use of folklore are a hindrance to local artists.
The US needs to review whether a security agenda based on US priorities will solve problems in sub-Saharan Africa.
In some West African communities, age and magico-religious beliefs have a huge role to play in a woman's independence.
African countries' adoption of e-government platforms hasn't served the majority of their citizens.
Too many African countries believe Beijing when they are told in negotiations that they must take it or leave it.
Trokosi is an ancient practice in West Africa where virgin girls, some as young as six are sent as slaves to make amends for wrongs committed by their families.
It's one thing to come up with food security plans. But implementing them is tough.
Not enough credit is given to the agency African governments have in their dealings with China.
Togo illustrates the difficulty of moving away from personalised politics.
Female teachers can act as role models who enhance girls’ motivation and learning outcomes.
More leaders in more African countries will abolish term limits unless organisations like the African Union take action.
Not all African leaders are willing to be swept by the democratic reforms of the early 2000s.
Africa needs strong institutions. But they can only be built if there's a change in leadership.
The seeds of discord that were planted in independent Togo have resulted in ethnic divisions, and a state that has long been ruled by family. But recent protests could mean things are about to change.
African leaders need to up their health allocations to help the new World Health Organisation Director-General meet his health care targets for the continent.
The new Internet of Things has the potential to compensate for Africa's legacies of underdevelopment.
West African health systems were weak before the IMF got involved. Sadly, the policy reforms demanded by the IMF in exchange for loans have undermined governments' ability to repair these problems.