FOCAC follow-up: African diplomats visit #China to mark anniversary

FOCAC follow-up: African diplomats visit #China to mark anniversary

At the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) in Johannesburg a year ago, Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged a $60 billion economic package that essentially tripled China’s commitment in Africa. To mark the anniversary of the historic 2015 FOCAC summit, a group of African diplomats spent this week in China’s Fujian province….

Green Party’s Baraka: Change must come to US, Africa relations

The dearth of discussion on African nations and issues during the U.S. presidential debates was an absence that did not go unnoticed – but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t candidates who understand that Africa’s young populations, growing economies and climate challenges are a diplomatic priority. They aren’t always being heard,…

Clinton v. Trump: Has Africa even come up in this debate?

“Has Africa even come up in this debate?” That’s what one person weighing in on social media wanted to know, and he wasn’t the only one to notice the absence of discussion about African nations and foreign policy during the final U.S. presidential debate. Watching in the wee hours, some…

Tunisia, the EU-Turkey migrant deal and Merkel’s Africa travels

German Chancellor Angela Merkel begins a trip to Africa Sunday, visiting the nations of Mali and Niger to discuss their security and counterterrorism strategies before heading to Ethiopia. She’ll arrive in Addis Ababa amid the nation’s escalating unrest and the international attention to its alleged human rights violations, issues that…

Forging a future for Africa’s fragile cities

Most of the world’s fragile cities are clustered in Africa and Asia, with cities in Somalia, South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) among the most high-risk cities in the world. That’s according to a consortium, led by the Igarapé Institute, that studied urban fragility across the globe…

Israel and Africa in 2016: where to next?

President of Kenya Uhuru Kenyatta visited Israel in recent days amidst much talk of deepening engagement between Israel and wider Africa. The demonstrates the potential for a strong future between the two nations that already shares a storied past. As with Kenya, Israel’s relationship with a number of African nations is traced back…

The African Union and the European Union Part II: Security.

The African continent faces a number of visible challenges within the security sphere. From sizeable but straightforward battles against narcotics dealing and piracy, to issues of immense complexity based on identity and sectarian conflict. Yet, among the 54 states that comprise the African region there are three issues the loom…

Innovation in Africa: what next?

Africa is heading into an age in which it could potentially “leapfrog into the digital revolution” setting up the continent for major future success and prosperity. The fact that the continent now has access to new and exciting technologies could enable young visionaries to spring into a time of digital…

The most powerful weapon in the malaria fight

It wasn’t long ago that an Africa without malaria seemed like an impossible dream. Today, that dream is becoming a reality, thanks to the most powerful weapon we have in the malaria fight: strong leadership. Malaria progress has been unprecedented in the past 15 years, and nowhere is the progress…

Hailemariam Dessalegn and Jakaya Kikwete

Hailemariam Dessalegn is the Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. Jakaya Kikwete is the former President of the United Republic of Tanzania.