Joseph Kabila Stalls Elections He Can’t Win

Joseph Kabila Stalls Elections He Can’t Win

In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), outgoing president Joseph Kabila has set off a political crisis by refusing to hold elections that would choose his successor. Last month, teargas filled the air in Kinshasa as young men took to the streets to demand Kabila leave office in December, when…

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.

Social justice drives Ivorian moment, but will FPI seize it?

Social justice drives Ivorian moment, but will FPI seize it?

By Karana Olivier, AT Contributing Author On Friday, former President Laurent Gbagbo’s Ivorian Popular Front (FPI) – the country’s main opposition party – and civil society actors organized a march in which thousands of men and women took to the streets in Abidjan to protest the proposal to introduce a new…

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

Russia is calling, but how should Africans answer Putin?

Russia is calling, but how should Africans answer Putin?

Russian and Egyptian forces begin joint military exercises this weekend at Al-Alamein, a city on the Mediterranean coast to the west of Alexandria. The nine-day exercise runs through October 26 and will focus on strategies for removing armed terrorists in a desert environment. It is one of 30 such exercises Egypt…

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

Françafrique’s Poisonous Legacy

France and Africa have a long and intertwined history. As a former colonial ruler, France still possesses considerable influence and power in its former colonies to this very day, but the connections between Paris and its former colonial brethren are deeper than commonly assumed. The entanglement – a concept referred…

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.

Africa-EU cooperation vital for energy transformation in Africa

Abel Rugaju runs RAN power, a social enterprise in Uganda that is dedicated to extending power to offgrid rural communities by building small hydro-power plants. Lois Gicheru is the founder of Solarfrique, a start-up that is dedicated to installing solar panels in Kenya’s rural areas “We are targeting rural offgrid…

Diana Taremwa Karakire

Diana Taremwa Karakire is a freelance journalist based 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

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 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.

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 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.

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.