Ebola 2.0 – Lessons Learned in 2014 May Not Suffice

Ebola 2.0  – Lessons Learned in 2014 May Not Suffice

As the number of suspected Ebola cases in the secluded Bas-Uélé region of the Democratic Republic Congo keeps rising, it remains unclear whether the international community is capable of effectively handling this second outbreak. Health workers are currently monitoring more than 400 people in the region affected, and three deaths…

Michael Wilcox

I am a London-based researcher specialized in security issues and environmental protection

This is not a drill: Cape Town, climate and the water crisis

This is not a drill: Cape Town, climate and the water crisis

The water crisis and unrelenting drought in Cape Town, South Africa, have become so dire that city officials on Tuesday recommended the highest level of water restrictions for its nearly 4 million people. “This is not a drill,” the city said, in a public message clearly marked as a drought…

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

Air pollution and the impact on public health in Africa

Air pollution has increased significantly in the last 25 years, and that’s having health consequences especially in low- and middle-income countries, according to a new Global Burden of Disease (GBD) study published in The Lancet medical journal. Researchers found that air pollution – specifically, the small particles measured as less…

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

Is Kenya’s major opposition on the verge of split?

As Kenya prepares to hold its general elections on August 8, political temperatures and tensions are on the rise in the country, something that is common and normal during political campaigns in East Africa. Political parties and coalitions are not taking any chances as they prepare for a political showdown…

Jackson Okata

Jackson Okata is a Kenyan based freelance journalist

Kenyan doctors in new tussle with government days after ending strike

NAIROBI — The tussle between Kenyan medical practitioners and the government seems to be far from over, days after the Kenya medical practitioners, pharmacists and dentists union (KMPDU) called off a nationwide strike that had lasted for 100 days. Even after an agreement had been reached between the national government,…

Jackson Okata

Jackson Okata is a Kenyan based freelance journalist

After Etienne: Is Congolese opposition ready to move forward?

The death of longtime opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi on February 1 has left the opposition coalition in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) no choice but to reorganize – a process that in recent days has been contentious enough to cast a shadow on the future of the Rassemblement coalition, at…

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

Agribusiness in Africa: Unlocking the business potential of smallholders

Agribusiness and agriculture are primed to be the catalysts of Africa’s economic transformation and development in the coming years. According to the World Bank, they are both expected to form a USD $1 trillion industry by 2030 in Sub-Saharan Africa whilst representing 45 percent of the continent’s GDP. Considering the connection between…

Benjamin K. Musampa

Benjamin Musampa is a research associate at l'Observatoire des Amériques

François Hollande’s Legacy in Africa

In recent history, few world leaders have been as unpopular as France’s François Hollande. Rising unemployment, tabloid scandals, unpopular legal reforms, and a faltering economy have all led the President to confirm that he won’t stand for re-election in 2017. While Hollande’s presidency has been ridiculed in France, his legacy…

Arnaud Gallet

Arnaud is a French freelance writer with an African heart who has lived in 10 different Sub-Saharan countries in the past decade. He is currently based in Paris.