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

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

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 is a freelance journalist.

Low oil price: the threats and opportunities for Africa producers

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 is a legal practitioner, entrepreneur and energy professional.

The AU 2016 summit will only renew the opportunities in Agenda 2063 if…

The African Union (AU) is convening its January 2016 under the guiding theme: ‘African year of human rights with a particular focus on the rights of Women’.  As is customary, the AU Heads of States Assembly will assemble last on 30-31st January, after having been preceded by meetings of the…

Dr Tjiurimo Hengari

Dr Tjiurimo Hengari is a senior fellow in the foreign policy programme at the South African Institute of International Affairs.

Nigeria: personal austerity is the new rage

Nigeria is rich in minerals and human resources and yet over 70 percent of the Nigerian population is poor. The reason for the high poverty rate is easy to see; corruption . According to the Transparency International index, it is one of the most corrupt countries in the world. In…

Erukilede Julius

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

Ugandan opposition challenging Museveni need to be reset

A new poll, half way through the Uganda presidential campaign has provided cause for pause as the anticipated challenge to President Yoweri Museveni’s 30 year old stranglehold on power, seems to be running out of steam. Uganda’s leading daily, The New Vision newspaper, on Tuesday published a poll that showed…

Paul Busharizi

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

The hypocrisy of western opinion on Africa’s democratic deficit

The terminology  “new breed” of African leaders was in vogue in the 1990s. These new breed included; Yoweri Museveni of Uganda, Paul Kagame of Rwanda, Laurent Kabila of DRC, Meles Zenawi of Ethiopia and Isaias Afewerki of Eritrea. They were fairly well educated and had replaced career military men who…

Frank Kagabo

Frank Kagabo is a freelance journalist.

Thanks to green growth, Gabon is at the forefront of a sustainable Africa

  In 2011, Yale University ranked Gabon first among African countries for the Environmental Performance Index (EPI). This was no accident. In the last 5 years, Gabon has undertaken a deep transformation of its economy in order to follow a more sustainable model of economic development. Thanks to its efforts…

Maixent Accrombessi

Former senior executive in the financial services and import-export divisions of several French private companies, Maixent Accrombessi has risen within the Gabonese state apparatus since 1997.

Morocco’s solar power gamble

Beaming in the desert, 10 kilometers away from the mountainous city of Ouarzazate, lies Noor, the world’s biggest solar power station. Spread across an area of some 30 square kilometers, the first-of-its kind complex is expected to generate 580MW and power more than 1 million homes when fully completed in…

Monica Gitau

Monica is a freelance journalist based in Kenya

Human capital development in Africa: both simple and complex

More than ever, performance on measures of sustainability – nowadays encompassing everything from environmental impact mitigation to strengthening local supply chains and human capital development – is receiving real scrutiny in Africa. This is reflected in the high profile of COP21 in Africa (see the level of activity under #AfricaCOP21),…

Ghada Hammouda

Ms. Hammouda has more than 30 years of experience in strategic planning, business transformation and re-engineering, market development and advocacy, opportunity creation and conflict resolution.

Nigeria: the missing gaps in the new budget

On December 22 2015, the Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari presented his inaugural N6.08 trillion budget proposal to the joint session of the Nigerian National Assembly. For an administration which ascended to presidency on the change mantra, Nigerians were not surprised at the modestly reflationary budget geared towards the spluttering domestic…

Erukilede Julius

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

Burundi chaos threatens EAC credibility

A meeting in Uganda at the end of 2015 to resolve the conflict in Burundi did little to bring hope to the violence ravaged East African nation, serving only to highlight the crisis as the region’s most pressing security issue in the coming year. Last week on December 28 Uganda’s…

Paul Busharizi

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

Will China’s naval base cause friction with the US?

Djibouti’s recent decision to host a Chinese naval facility caught many Western analysts flat-footed, showing how difficult it can be to predict the behaviour of wily autocratic regimes like that of President Ismail Omar Guelleh – or, for that matter, the government in Beijing.  China chose this small country on…

Dr. Andrew Gawthorpe

Andrew is a Research Fellow in the Belfer Center at the Harvard Kennedy School, where he specializes in international security.

Uganda: out of the frying pan in 2015 and into the fire in 2016?

Ugandans are looking to the New Year with a combination of hope but mostly concern as 2015, a year characterised by economic hardship and rising political tension, winds down. In April the central bank raised its policy rates, a move for which they received a lot of criticism as inflation…

Paul Busharizi

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

Rwanda: Kagame’s strong rule endures

President Paul Kagame’s Rwanda has defied international pressure and followed in the footsteps of other countries in the region by changing the constitution – enabling the former rebel commander and leader of the ruling party holds onto power. Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni scrapped term limits in 2005 and recently, Burundi President Pierre…

Frank Kagabo

Frank Kagabo is a freelance journalist.