A Somali soldier controls the crowd at a protest in the capital Mogadishu on Jan.3, 2024.
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Somalia has demanded that a memorandum of understanding – which would see Ethiopia gain access to the Red Sea via a Somaliland port – be ripped up.
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed arrives in Beijing on Oct. 16, 2023.
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Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed claims his landlocked country has a right to demand maritime access to a Red Sea port from its neighbors in the Horn of Africa − Somalia, Eritrea and Djibouti.
The Lamu Port project is a flagship development project in Kenya.
Large scale infrastructure projects like ports represent more than just financial investments.
A woman at a camp for those displaced by drought in Baidoa, Somalia, in September 2022.
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States with more capacity, more political inclusion and that make good use of foreign aid tend to see better outcomes.
Des milliers de personnes ont fui les affrontements interethniques dans le Nord du Cameroun.
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Les échecs des gouvernements élus de manière symbolique ont privé les dirigeants – ainsi que le système démocratique – d'une base populaire avant-gardiste.
Thousands of people have fled inter-ethnic clashes in northern Cameroon.
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The failures of nominally elected governments has denied leaders - as well as the democratic system - a vanguard popular constituency.
The Djenne market in Mali. Affordable food and safe markets are important for food security.
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Food security has six dimensions: availability, access, stability, utilisation, agency and sustainability.
The gap between the continent’s most democratic and authoritarian regions is likely to continue to grow.
A soldier from Niger patrols near the border with Nigeria. Porous borders with Nigeria and Mali are hotbeds for Jihadists and marauding local militias.
Leaders’ efforts to end conflict have been ineffective. Working through regional economic communities might be part of a better approach.
Ethiopia’s economic growth hovered between 8%-11% for over 10 years but its sovereign credit rating has not been upgraded
The alarm being raised by multilateral financial institutions about rising government debt across Africa is exaggerated. The real problem is that African governments pay way over the odds for debt.
Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan attends the opening of the new Turkish embassy in Mogadishu in June 2016.
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Turkey harbours strong national ambitions, and a willingness to grow and use its military muscle alongside economic instruments.
US service members practising water rescue techniques during a routine training exercise off the coast of Djibouti in 2007.
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Kenya and Djibouti are building a more secure and sustainable domestic maritime sector.
A UN Security Council session in New York. Kenya wants a seat at the table.
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The country has not had a seat at the Security Council table for 24 years.
Africa has tried for decades to develop robust intra-regional trade. Free trade agreement is the most recent effort
Now that African countries have signed up for the continental free trade agreement, they must complete the institutional loop by jumpstarting the creation of the African Monetary Fund.
Smoking is a threat to public health.
Ghana is the latest country in Africa to mandate the use of pictures on cigarette packages to convey health warnings.
AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
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The African Peer Review Mechanism got off to a good start, but enthusiasm soon waned.
While women in sub-Saharan Africa live longer than men, many of these extra years are lived in poor health.
Data suggest that people are living many years in poor health in Africa.
Candles in memory of those killed in Nairobi’s Westgate Mall attack in September 2013.
Containing Al-Shabaab in Kenya doesn’t directly reduce the group’s standing inside Somalia.
Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (left) and Eritrea’s President Isaias Afwerki re-opening the Eritrean embassy in Addis Ababa.
It would be a mistake to ridicule what’s been achieved in the Horn of Africa, but obstacles remain.
Mombasa passenger station using Chinese-built and funded trains.
The Belt and Road Initiative will not be starting entirely from scratch. China has already invested heavily in several African railways.