The presidents' wives hold a lot of sway within the political power structure.
Government restrictions on individual freedoms in the name of public security is increasing.
East African countries use a scorecard to monitor maternal and child health progress in the region.
Research found that only a quarter of anaesthetists working in main referral hospitals in East Africa used the WHO safe surgical checklist.
The UN doesn't have the magic formula to end tensions in Burundi. It's up to the country's leadership.
With proper regulation, Lake Victoria's fisheries could increase production without damaging wild stocks or the environment.
Helping refugees find avenues to generate income and live independently from aid can be positive for donors, agencies, and refugees alike.
Democratic and authoritarian countries are moving further away from each other.
The economy is another concern and could lead to wholesale political collapse as more and more Burundians are left without vital services.
The DRC could be the exception after a year in which opposition parties fared badly across East and Central Africa.
Women identify more with their government representatives based on ethnicity rather than gender.
South Sudan faces numerous and serious challenges contributing to instability. But there are potential solutions.
The threat to use force to defend Egypt's right to water from the Nile has been a common theme through successive governments.
An African court with international criminal jurisdiction which has been debated but never been put into operation could be an option if Africa withdraws from the ICC.
Conflict patterns in Africa have changed rapidly in recent years posing a challenge to peace and security.
In countries where health systems are limited, collaboration between traditional healers and health professionals may help fill the gaps.
Many African elections are less than ideal. But is the rest of the world really that much better?
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.
If the referendum goes President Pierre Nkrunziza's way, it will also be a further blow to ordinary Burundians, who live in a state of hardship and adversity.