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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson (centre) with a host of African leaders at the UK Africa Investment Summit in London. EPA-EFE/Hollie Adams

UK-Africa trade and investment: who benefits?

Trade and investment can help reduce poverty, promote women’s empowerment, and support children’s rights. It can also do the opposite.
A Somali man talks to Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) soldiers as they secure an area in the coastal town of Kismayu in southern Somalia. Reuters/Siegfried Modola

What Kenya has to show for sending troops into Somalia seven years ago

Kenya cited national security when it crossed into Somali territory in pursuit of Al-Shabaab militants. But there were numerous other potential aims at play.

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