A woman casts her ballot at a polling station during a runoff presidential election in Bamako, Mali on Aug. 12, 2018.
Elections are supposed to hold politicians accountable: Officials who fear losing their seat will work harder for voters. But in some countries, political competition actually makes government worse.
UN forces at a luxury tourist resort outside Bamako, Mali, in 2017 following an attack.
Mali has had a tumultuous 2018, and 2019 might not be any better.
Bed nets treated with insecticide have been effective in fighting malaria in Africa.
The fight against malaria needs scientific innovation. But community buy-in is just as important.
In Mali, pastoralists have become increasingly disgruntled with a predatory and corrupt state.
Herders and farmers are unhappy about the way a corrupt state exploits rural peasants.
Supporters of Mali’s President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita in the capital Bamako.
Incumbent Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta will be Mali’s next president but an unremarkable first term, and a flawed election, could put a dent in his legacy.
Canadian troops arrive to a UN base in Gao, Mali, on in June 2018, amid an insurgency by jihadist and ethnic rebel groups. Canada has yet to impose sanctions on the African country because it lacks names to target for asset freezes and other measures.
THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
The federal government has set aside $22.2 million to develop and co-ordinate sanctions while educating Canadians about their obligations. Where to start is the first question.
A telescope pointed at the skies above Senegal to capture the stellar occultation.
François Colas, Observatoire de Paris, Insititut de Mécanique Celeste et de Calcul des Ephémérides
Senegal has made great strides in astronomy and planetary sciences in recent years.
The people of Niger have been protesting against the presence of foreign troops in their country.
The build-up of foreign armed forces does not bode well for the citizens of Niger.
A child receives the MenAfriVac™ vaccine in Burkina Faso.
Vaccines that help prevent meningococcal disease don’t give lifetime protection.
French soldiers patrol in Diabaly, Mali, in 2013, following the failure of the African Support Mission.
Conflict patterns in Africa have changed rapidly in recent years posing a challenge to peace and security.
Malian president Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta at the recent AU Summit in Mauritania.
Mali faces huge challenges. Through the upcoming presidential election, Malians will tell the next president what they will and won’t accept for their future.
The head of the UN mission in Congo William Swing (second left) in 2003.
EPA PHOTO/Marco Longari
The UN promotes local ownership in peace building, which is difficult to achieve.
Malian migrant Mamoudou Gassama met French president Emmanuel Macron on May 22, 2018. He was officially given French citizenship soon after.
What is a hero? If President Macron really likes heroes, shouldn’t he revise his idea of what he calls “economic migrants”?
There’s more and more good science news coming from Africa.
There are several projects and initiatives that offer hope amid all the bad news about African science.
Pastoralists on a dry plain in central Mali, one of the seven Sahel countries hit by a wave of deadly attacks.
A big rise in armed attacks in the Sahel - and the intensity of the attacks in recent years - is now seen as a major source of concern.
Democratic Republic of Congo’s President Joseph Kabila. Time to step aside.
Africa needs strong institutions. But they can only be built if there’s a change in leadership.
The Great Mosque of Djenné, in Mali, has a history dating back to the 13th century which can inspire regional trade in West Africa.
West Africa has lessons to learn from its ancient empires and colonial governments on regional trade and integration.
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.
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.
Ségou is rich in arts and crafts, and has built its famous festival around the performing arts.
Guillaume Colin & Pauline Penot/Flickr
Ségou in Mali has successfully developed its urban cultural economy in ways that’s inclusive, sustainable and context-sensitive.
French President Emmanuel Macron during his visit to French counter-terrorism forces in northern Mali, in May.
EPA/Christophe Petit Tesson
Some African countries present a facade of democracy. The absence of substantive democracy is contributing to instability on the continent.