It's an achievement in itself that Malawi is holding its sixth multi-party national elections since its transition from dictatorship under former President Kamuzu Banda.
Diseases like cholera are among the many health crises Cyclone Idai has created.
Three urgent issues at the interplay of foreign and domestic affairs will be of strategic long-term importance to South Africa and Africa.
The flood waters caused by Cyclone Idai have receded. But in some ways, the problems for many of the countries affected, are just beginning.
Cities need to pay attention to how extreme weather events effect their resources.
Focusing on everyday politics can help explain why powerful interest groups undermine policies that might improve the public good.
Climate change is an emergency which will hurt the planet's most vulnerable people – the only irrational response is cool detachment.
From New Orleans to Haiti to Mozambique, global inequality plays a major role in making disasters deadly.