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.
Mali has had a tumultuous 2018, and 2019 might not be any better.
The fight against malaria needs scientific innovation. But community buy-in is just as important.
Herders and farmers are unhappy about the way a corrupt state exploits rural peasants.
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.
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.
Senegal has made great strides in astronomy and planetary sciences in recent years.
The build-up of foreign armed forces does not bode well for the citizens of Niger.
Vaccines that help prevent meningococcal disease don't give lifetime protection.
Conflict patterns in Africa have changed rapidly in recent years posing a challenge to peace and security.
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 UN promotes local ownership in peace building, which is difficult to achieve.
What is a hero? If President Macron really likes heroes, shouldn’t he revise his idea of what he calls “economic migrants”?
There are several projects and initiatives that offer hope amid all the bad news about African science.
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.
Africa needs strong institutions. But they can only be built if there's a change in leadership.
West Africa has lessons to learn from its ancient empires and colonial governments on regional trade and integration.
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 in Mali has successfully developed its urban cultural economy in ways that's inclusive, sustainable and context-sensitive.
Some African countries present a facade of democracy. The absence of substantive democracy is contributing to instability on the continent.