Former South African President Jacob Zuma at the 5th anniversary celebrations of the country’s National Development Plan.
It's important yet complicated to align national development plans with the SDGs. But it isn't impossible.
US President Donald Trump after sacking Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
Relations between the US and Africa are unlikely to improve while Trump remains president. But that doesn't mean the continent should remain passive.
Africa’s Free Movement Protocol will open up the continent for easy travel and big business.
Free movement in Africa might be needed but more thought is needed for successful implementation.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
The US Secretary of State's mission to Africa will produce few benefits for the continent or for US-Africa relations.
Protesters in South Africa, highlight the plight of immigrants forced into slavery in Libya.
The decision to repatriate migrants is a welcome intervention. But, it fails to consider the fundamental causes.
US President Donald Trump delivers his first State of the Union address.
Africa’s immediate challenge is to develop closer partnerships with those opposing US President Donald Trump.
Somali soldiers and peacekeepers from the AU Mission during an operation in 2014.
Official reasons for joining the Somalia mission were that the conflict posed a security risk. But in fact other factors played a bigger role.
Member states of the African Union in session at the union’s headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
There have been great strides towards the protection of women’s rights in Africa but progress has been slow. A new body to actively implement rights protections and monitor progress must be set up.
If Africa’s maritime territories are strengthened this will open the door to sustainable blue economy opportunities.
If African countries and their regional bodies want to reap substantially from the blue economy, then it's time for the continent to invest heavily in securing its maritime resources.
US President Donald Trump has yet to announce his administration’s Africa policy.
The Trump administration's incompetence makes it difficult for African countries to engage Washington in seeking meaningful explanations, much less substantive negotiations.
Chinese President Xi Jinping reviews the guard of honour on a state visit to Zimbabwe.
A narrow interest in whether Beijing actively pushed for Mugabe’s fall is based on the assumption that the China-Africa relationship is an isolated phenomenon.
Engineering can greatly bolster any country’s development and growth.
Africa has recorded a tremendous growth in its output of academic engineering research over the past 20 years. Greater collaboration can increase this growth even more.
President of the AU Alpha Conde, European Council President Donald Tusk (L) and President of the EU Jean-Claude Juncker.
The transformation of the EU-Africa summit series into the EU-AU summit is more than just a change of name. It reflects the increasing recognition of the AU as an international actor.
Guests and delegates attend the opening of the Pan African Parliament’s second sitting in Midrand, Johannesburg.
The limited "consultative and advisory powers" of the Pan African Parliament hamper the African Union's ability to achieve a prosperous and peaceful Africa as envisioned in its Agenda 2063.
The coup in Zimbabwe means Mugabe’s long and disastrous presidency is finally over. The questions that remain are the precise details and mechanics of the deal which secures his departure.
Large markets in Africa support the move for more trade in goods, services and assets.
Viewed against the odds of success in getting 55 countries to foster meaningful regional integration, Africa has made commendable progress in crafting its own creative approach.
A political body of the AU is second-guessing a legal body in its interpretation of the African Charter, on the basis of prejudice against LGBTI people.
A dispute between the African Union's executive and the commission responsible for overseeing human rights could weaken the protection of peoples' rights.
The military is not tactically trained for community protection and crime fighting and South Africa should not deploy soldiers in urban communities.
US President Trump addresses the 72nd UN General Assembly in New York.
US President Donald Trump hasn't proposed new initiatives for Africa but didn't end those launched by his predecessors either.
In Africa mediation mandates are typically contained in resolutions passed by the UN the AU or sub-regional bodies that attempt to resolve conflicts.
Mediation is common in Africa but there hasn't been enough emphasis on how it affects the outcome of peace negotiations.