King Mohammed VI of Morocco (right) arrives at the 28th African Union session.
By admitting South Sudan and Morocco to the African Union, the continental organisation has proven yet again that its commitment to upholding its own democratic ideals is lacking.
King Mohammed VI of Morocco, (L) walks with Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn.
Morocco has been on a massive diplomatic drive, using both its political and economic muscle. Since his coronation in 1999, the king has led over 40 visits to African countries south of the Sahara.
Thanks to foreign backing, social impact start-ups led by young entrepreneurs are flourishing in North Africa.
Morocco’s return to the African Union raises questions about the body’s continued commitment to anti-colonialism and its pan-Africanism.
The African Union sees Africa as a sealed off geographic entity. Yet it remains remarkably quiet about the many bits of Africa that are geographically part of it but do not consider it their home.
Windturbines and windfarms are one example of what green bonds can finance.
How to measure the real impact of green bonds? As France is issuing its first green bonds, the market in the global south could expand fast this year.
Moroccan women walking in capital Rabat.
The recent burqa ban in Morocco highlights tensions between radical Salafists and a moderate Islamic government that has taken steps to further women's rights.
A big part of South Africa’s appeal lies in its good weather. Climate change poses a risk to the tourism industry.
IMAGE REUTERS/Mike Hutchings
South Africa's weather is very attractive to international visitors. Climate change could alter their perceptions unless mitigation strategies are put in place.
Marrakesh awaits an influx of climate negotiators.
The Paris agreement may be in force, but that doesn't mean the world agrees on climate change.
Hard decisions must be made, and commitments must be backed up by concrete action at this year’s climate conference in Morocco.
The Paris climate conference made key plans to avert global warming. The conference in Morocco will hope to put these plans in action.
The charred interior of the Gabon’s parliament after it was burned in post-election protests in Libreville.
National electoral commissions are crucial in shaping public perceptions of how well democracy is working. Poor electoral management can enable fraud and produce political alienation.
The threat of chemical weapon attacks is on the rise globally.
Governments often have limited knowledge of chemical production as it is the preserve of the private sector. Often these facilities are not as well secured as government facilities.
A woman in northern Ethiopia feeds her chickens. Bill Gates has estimated that a farmer breeding five hens could generate up to $1,000 a year.
The factors limiting poultry production are similar to those affecting the rest of the agricultural systems.
Hair speaks of the past, and of cultural heritage.
Hair has long been modified for aesthetic and other ends. But skewed power structures have meant that women, particularly women of colour, have borne the brunt of stereotyping and prejudice.
The village of Agoudal in Morocco’s High Atlas Mountains is home to a rare treasure.
High in the mountains of Morocco, scientists have discovered something remarkable and rare: a spot that was struck by two meteorites, possibly millions of years apart.
Professor Maati Monjib has become the face of Morocco’s war on freedom of expression.
The Moroccan state's case against a leading academic could have far reaching ramifications for academic freedom and research at the country's universities.
A large solar thermal plant in Morocco will provide energy for 1m people – here's how it will work.
Tunisian women marking International Women’s Day. The country scores poorly when it comes to women’s safety.
The world is generally not safe for women. But some projects in North Africa provide a glimpse of hope as the world marks the UN's International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.
Burkina Faso and Ghana will aim to repeat their performance in the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.
Even before the whistle blasts to kick off the opening match of the African Cup of Nations on January 17, this tournament is already being remembered for its comebacks. As concerns swirled over the Ebola…
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Muslim democrat Mohammed Morsi with protesters following the Mubarak verdict last weekend.
Whatever the outcome of the Egyptian presidential runoff scheduled for 16-17 June, Middle Eastern electoral politics are now conforming to a remarkable rule. When elections are held in a free and fair…