South African Finance Minister Tito Mboweni delivers the mid-term budget statement at parliament, Cape Town, South Africa, 24 October 2018.
President Cyril Ramaphosa and his Finance Minister Tito Mboweni appear to have good intentions for the economy. But that's not enough.
African countries have an opportunity to reduce poverty with new policies.
If trends continue, 87% of the world's poorest people will live in sub-Saharan Africa by 2030.
Nigerian soldiers pictured at their post on the land border with Niger in 2015.
Border closure is an implicit admission of the ineptitude and incompetence of Nigeria’s customs and immigration officers
Scandal strikes a Tasmanian construction project in the novel Bruny.
Stella Prize winner Heather Rose's new novel Bruny catalogues modern geopolitical concerns in a work that crosses satirical, political and family drama genres.
Former Tunisian President Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali.
Crony capitalism became firmly embedded under Ben Ali, benefiting his family and close friends.
President Donald Trump meets with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Sept. 25, 2019, in New York.
The fallout for President Trump from his conversation with Ukrainian President Zelenskiy was swift and harsh. The consequences for Zelenskiy and his country could also be serious.
Global forces affect corruption, too.
Reporters ask Nancy Pelosi about the formal impeachment inquiry against Trump.
AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite
As the House mounts an impeachment investigation of President Trump, examples from Central and South America show that ousting an executive leader from office doesn't always have the intended effect.
Each of South Africa’s former presidents treated the state broadcaster very differently. From left Jacob Zuma, Nelson Mandela, and Thabo Mbeki (2008).
The South African Broadcasting Corporation, like South Africa itself, is a symbol of contradictions. While there are bad people who work for it, there are also many good ones.
Tunisians protest against tax hikes, austerity measures and increased food prices.
Western perceptions of what's happening in Tunisia differ sharply with Tunisia's daily reality: the truth is that its political transformation is in trouble.
Mcebisi Jonas appears at a commission probing grand corruption in South Africa.
Alon Skuy © Sunday Times.
This book is a booster to morale. It tells South Africans they can enjoy the impressive economic growth they once achieved.
Critics have worried Purdue might use bankruptcy to avoid accountability.
AP Photo/Jessica Hill
While critics accuse companies facing lots of lawsuits of using bankruptcy as a sort of 'get of jail free card,' the reality of the legal procedure is more complicated.
Freight micro-entrepreneur in Lagos, Nigeria.
Countries in Africa have some of the highest rates of entrepreneurship in the world, yet their contribution to the economy is limited. Technology such as the blockchain, drones and AI could provide a way forward.
Daphne Caruana Galizia was investigating several corruption scandals when she was murdered in 2017. The government continues to avoid serious investigations into the allegations.
South African Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane listens to public complaints in Cape Town.
The Public Protector's Office has become embroiled in political scandals under the current incumbent, Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane.
Alejandro Giammattei is a former prison official whose tenure was tainted by the 2006 mass killing of seven prisoners. He was accused but never indicted on conspiracy charges in those deaths.
AP Photo/ Santiago Billy
Conservative Alejandro Giammattei beat former first lady Sandra Torres with 60% of the vote. But turnout was the lowest in Guatemala's modern history, in apparent protest of both candidates.
The view from the back verandah of the house where the city met the bush.
When Matthew Condon began writing about corruption in Queensland he discovered that members of his own family had cameos in the narrative.
Cyril Ramaphosa led the African National Congress to victory in May. A new law on political funding covers parties, not politicians.
Secrecy over who funds political parties should trigger fears that government decisions will reflect the wishes of large donors.
Former President Jacob Zuma is fighting a batttle for political capital.
By positioning himself as a loveable granddad to supporters and the punchline of a joke to his opposition, Zuma adroitly defangs the very serious charges against him.
Former South African President Jacob Zuma recanted his decision to walk out of the Zondo Commission.
EPA-EFE/Wikus de Wit/Pool
The dilemma for Zuma and his legal team is this: by putting him on the witness stand, there is a risk that he would be found wanting, especially in terms of the detail of any matter.