South Africans head to the polls in May 2019 but there are challenges.
South Africa's electoral commission's failure to ensure a credible voters' roll threatens to undo its legacy of free and fair elections.
Elections, and observer processes are a big priority in Africa.
Surveys shows that the majority of Africans prefer democracy, despite its flaws, to the alternatives.
Hunger is a daily reality across large parts of Africa.
It's one thing to come up with food security plans. But implementing them is tough.
Cameroonian President Paul Biya votes in the presidential elections in the capital Yaounde. He has been in power for 36 years.
President Paul Biya's credibility and legitimacy are increasingly being tarnished, amid growing support for opposition candidates.
Cameroon is in crisis. It needs an intervention.
It has been nearly three years since the Anglophone crisis began in Cameroon. The conflict has been vicious and it’s time for world leaders to act not just talk.
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.
Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan
He left an enduring legacy of embedding democracy and involving civil society in the pursuit of peace.
The acquittal of Jean-Pierre Bemba on war crimes charges puts the ICC in even deeper crisis.
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.
People from the DRC flee the fighting. Movement of people is restricted across the continent.
The free movement of people between African countries could facilitate economic development.
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.
Lindiwe Sisulu, South Africa’s minister of international relations, is reviewing the country’s foreign policy.
South Africa must position itself to play a decisive role in shaping a new world order as the theUS retreats from global leadership.
African leaders at the closing of the 26th African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, in 2016.
The emergent AU law is seen as distinct and separate from international law and the domestic laws of member states.
Child marriages remain a problem in Mauritius.
Laws in Mauritius allow minors to marry while some cultures on the island are tolerant of child marriage.
The Pan African Parliament in session in Midrand, South Africa.
Reports of profligacy by the leaders of the Pan African Parliament could further diminish its legitimacy, which is already being questioned .
Burundi’s Pierre Nkurunziza is one of many authoritarian African leaders.
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More leaders in more African countries will abolish term limits unless organisations like the African Union take action.
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.