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Malian migrant Mamoudou Gassama met French president Emmanuel Macron on May 22, 2018. He was officially given French citizenship soon after. Thibault Camus/AFP

Why economic migrants are heroes

What is a hero? If President Macron really likes heroes, shouldn’t he revise his idea of what he calls “economic migrants”?
A strong judiciary isn’t enough to keep democracy in place. Kenya’s Supreme Court decision nullifying the re-election of Uhuru Kenyatta is a case in point. Reuters/Baz Ratner

A year of illusions: five things we learnt about democracy in Africa in 2017

The past 12 months provided further evidence of the danger of democratic backsliding in Africa. But it also saw powerful presidents suffer embarrassing setbacks in a number of countries.
French President Emmanuel Macron during his visit to French counter-terrorism forces in northern Mali, in May. EPA/Christophe Petit Tesson

What drives instability in Africa and what can be done about it

Some African countries present a facade of democracy. The absence of substantive democracy is contributing to instability on the continent.
Many girls in Dar es Salaam’s slums drop out of school because of the costs involved. ICT4D.at/Flickr

Jobs and paid-for schooling can keep Tanzanian girls from early marriages

Creating more opportunities for young women and girls to work and earn money is a possible solution to early marriages. Subsidising secondary education to keep poorer girls in school is another.
The Coordination of the Azawad Movement at the Algers Peace Accords requested that energy and mineral production be reinvested in northern Mali. EPA

How oil exploration is adding to Mali’s security woes

The ‘war on terror' in Mali is building alongside a growing number of multinationals hoping to extract the oil and gas reserves of the Taoudeni basin, and a strong foreign military presence.

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