An elderly woman displays her inked finger after casting her vote during the 2016 presidential elections in Uganda.
The outcome of the race between increasingly artful electoral manipulation and limitless possible manifestations of democratic expression is never entirely certain.
Tapping into ancient DNA can help us understand ancient humans’ movements and lives.
Illustration: Marlize Lombard, Maryna Steyn and Anders Högberg
Archaeology is not only about stones and bones: it is mainly about the people of the past. DNA is one way to get from the stones and the bones to the people and their stories.
Leader of Fulani herdsmen Haruna Usman pictured by Reuters in 2014.
Attacks by Fulani herdsmen on communities in West Africa are increasing in number and in sophistication. Regional and national authorities must respond promptly to arrest the threat.
There have been successive large scale droughts in East Africa.
It's very easy to assume climate change causes droughts, but they are complex extreme events that result from a combination of drivers.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses G20 health ministers in Berlin in May.
If the G20 is to remain relevant in the quest for more inclusive and fair global governance, Africa offers an historic opportunity for collective action, despite the absence of the US under Trump.
There are a number of ways the global community can protect the oceans.
The UN Ocean Conference provides a golden opportunity for countries to present their aspirations for sustainably growing their 'blue' economies.
Ugandan worker picking tea as exports in the country grows.
Uganda needs to boost manufacturing and exports to realise the ambitions listed in its social and economic development plan.
US President Donald Trump and African dictator Idi Amin - different, but the same.
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Some may say it's far fetched to compare a 1970s African dictator with the President of the United States. But the similarities between Idi Amin and Donald Trump are quite startling.
South Sudanese refugees at the Bidi Bidi camp in Uganda.
Uganda has won praise for the way it treats its refugees. But now it is at breaking point.
One of the worst humanitarian disasters in decades is well underway in East Africa.
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Everything you need to know about the 'Indian Ocean Dipole' climate phenomenon.
Recently, the Sahel has been in the global spotlight due to famines, religious terrorism, anti-state rebellions, and arms, drugs and human trafficking.
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The Sahel region of Africa is a 3,860-kilometre arc-like land mass lying to the immediate south of the Sahara Desert and stretching east-west across the breadth of the African continent. A largely semi-arid…
Newly recognised genetic populations carry their evolutionary history with them, and the history of their habits. This is why detecting new species is so important.
Dormitories are commonly targeted in school burnings.
Acts of arson by Kenyan high school students have been characterised as 'mindless hooliganism'. But research shows that students are actually engaging in purposeful, reasoned political action.
The Olduvai Gorge, in Tanzania, is a cradle of mankind. Climate change will cause frequent and intense weather events in East Africa.
East Africa is a region that will be hit hard by climate change. COP22 in Morocco presents an opportunity for the region to take steps to mitigate these possible harsh effects.
Kenyan students don’t get the best teaching from hurried, stretched part-time lecturers.
Kenya has moved to phase out part-time lecturers in a bid to improve the quality of university education.
South Sudan’s violent crisis is a refugee crisis too.
Even the UN Security Council's most stubborn members have committed to defending South Sudan's residents against violence.
Life in a refugee camp in Juba, South Sudan.
The violence and instability that wracks South Sudan is profoundly gendered.
Somali families on a bus taking them back home to Somalia from Kenya’s Dadaab refugee camp in a voluntary repatriation programme.
Maintaining a large refugee population when the country is struggling to deal with its own challenges is a big ask
Realpen Pencil is a young instant live drawing artist who lives and works in Accra, Ghana.
Ghana’s Chale Wote festival's main aim is to provide an alternative platform for the arts. It uses street arts to break creative boundaries and cultivate a wider audience for the arts in West Africa.