How one women’s group is fighting climate change in Uganda

How one women’s group is fighting climate change in Uganda

On a slanting hill, Beatrice Rukanyanga looks over her lush green fruit garden boosted by weeks of steady rains, a rare occurrence in this part of the country after seasons of back-to-back droughts. Beatrice started fruit tree growing after joining the Kwatanisa Womens Group, a local group in Uganda’s Hoima district…

Diana Taremwa Karakire

Diana Taremwa Karakire is a freelance journalist based in Uganda.

A Tale of Two Elections: Chad and Djibouti

A Tale of Two Elections: Chad and Djibouti

Within the span of just a few days, two long-serving African leaders will go to the polls in search of new electoral mandates. As part of the “Super Sunday” of African elections in 2016, Djiboutian strongman Ismail Omar Guelleh will stand for re-election on April 8 while Idriss Déby Itno…

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.

Africa’s Super Sunday

Africa’s Super Sunday

March 20th is something of an anomaly for African politics, featuring no less than two pivotal presidential elections and a constitutional referendum. What’s surprising about these three polls is not so much the outcomes – a betting man would easily get all of them right – but the way in…

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.

A confrontation with Rwanda leaves Nkurunziza in better position

As five African leaders arrived in Bujumbura Thursday, they certainly are engaging a more emboldened President Pierre Nkurunziza who apparently, has regained the upper hand in the ongoing conflict. This comes after a confidential report to the United Nations Security Council by experts accused Rwanda of training anti Nkurunziza rebels….

Frank Kagabo

Frank Kagabo is a freelance journalist.

Will Egypt push through Africa’s first free trade agreement?

It’s not often that two former generals-turned-presidents meet on the sidelines of an international conference. Yet this is exactly what happened when former major general and incumbent Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari met in Cairo with former field marshal and Egyptian president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. The two gathered in Sharm el…

Sam Maloof

Sam is a major in international relations, currently based in Cairo

Mobilizing domestic resources: Cameroon’s inspiring fight against malaria

Domestic resource mobilization is a hot topic in development policy. There’s broad agreement that money from developing countries themselves will be critical to sustaining progress against the new Sustainable Development Goals. Unfortunately, the conversation about how to mobilize these resources is often theoretical. For a more concrete example, it’s worth…

Olivia Ngou

Ngou is the Cameroon Country Director for Malaria No More.

Victory for Museveni in Uganda polls brings legacy into sharp relief

Uganda president Yoweri Museveni’s victory to rule for a fifth term  left the capital, Kampala, an opposition stronghold, in stunned silence as dark clouds loomed over the east African nation’s political future. After a three month campaign the Electoral commission announced that Museveni had won an assailable 5.6m votes or…

Paul Busharizi

Paul Busharizi is currently a contributing editor (Business & Politics) at the Uganda's leading daily the New Vision.

Djibouti’s three-way tango with China and the U.S.

In a recent interview with Reuters, Djibouti’s authoritarian President Ismail Omar Guelleh confirmed a long-rumored Chinese naval base in the tiny East African nation would, in fact, soon be a reality. Military planners and political leaders in the United States, who are heavily reliant on Djibouti’s bases and installations, have…

Michael Wilcox

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

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.

Army general’s arrest ratchets up tension ahead of Uganda poll

The weekend arrest of General David Sejusa and his appearance before the court martial on Tuesday has raised concerns ahead of the 18th February poll, which it is believed will be the most hotly contested in more than three decades. Sejusa who is still on the army roll, was charged…

Paul Busharizi

Paul Busharizi is currently a contributing editor (Business & Politics) at the Uganda's leading daily the New Vision.

Africa Transport and Logistics Sector: an untapped goldmine

The world economy may be passing through tough times with low investment yields. IMF predicted 2016 GDP growth rate at 3.6%, one of the lowest in recent years. The world’s economy may still be driven by instability, as markets come to terms with the global slowdown aggravated by lower economic…

Erukilede Julius

Erukilede Julius is a legal practitioner, entrepreneur and energy professional.

Lessons for Africa on midwifery from Indonesia

Increasing access to trained birth attendants is vital to address high maternal and infant mortality rates in developing countries, something Indonesia is working hard to provide. According to the World Health Organization (WHO): “Children in developing countries are ten times more likely to die before the age of five than…

Danai Majaha

Danai Majaha is a journalist and photographer based in Harare, Zimbabwe.

Saudi Arabia’s winning war for hearts and minds in Africa

The aftershock caused by the execution of the outspoken Shia cleric, Nimr al-Nimr, by the Saudi government earlier this month continues to reverberate as a host of Muslim majority countries have announced they are cutting diplomatic ties with Iran. Sudan, Djibouti, and Somalia have joined the Gulf nations of Bahrain…

Sam Maloof

Sam is a major in international relations, currently based in Cairo

At 30 years in power, Museveni’s record is a mixed bag

President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda, on Tuesday celebrated thirty years in power. He is now on the last leg of his campaign to extend his rule by five more years. When he seized power in 1986, he promised to rule for four years and was famously quoted saying Africa’s problem…

Frank Kagabo

Frank Kagabo is a freelance journalist.

Low oil price: the threats and opportunities for Africa producers

From 2010 until mid-2014, world oil prices were fairly stable at around $110 per barrel. But over supply from oil producers coupled with weak demand from the Chinese and European economies drowned the world with cheap oil pushing the price further south to its lowest price ($30) since 2003 in…

Erukilede Julius

Erukilede Julius is a legal practitioner, entrepreneur and energy professional.