Corruption fuels African conflict, experts tell UNSC

Corruption fuels African conflict, experts tell UNSC

The Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Sudan and the Central African Republic serve as examples of how corruption is at the root of conflict, making war “good business” for profiteers who perpetuate atrocities. That’s according to John Prendergast, who with actor George Clooney co-founded the investigative work at The…

South Sudan touts oil recovery at AOP18, but obstacles remain

South Sudan touts oil recovery at AOP18, but obstacles remain

South Sudan’s oil production is recovering from years of conflict, according to Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth, the country’s Minister of Petroleum, but many obstacles remain even as oilfield operations come back online. Security was top of mind as South Sudan took the spotlight during the Africa Oil & Power conference in…

HRW calls for investigation in Ethiopia’s Somali region

HRW calls for investigation in Ethiopia’s Somali region

Ethiopia’s progress under Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has moved at an impressive speed, but a more transparent, democratic and peaceful nation isn’t the reality in Ethiopia’s ethnic Somali region. That needs to change in the country’s eastern region, the Human Rights Watch NGO said Monday. “To break with the past,…

UN Security Council focuses on climate-conflict connection

Climate change is “inextricably linked to some of the most pressing security challenges of our time,” said Nigerian Amina Mohammed, the United Nations deputy secretary-general, during remarks made to the UN Security Council on Wednesday. During the last 18 months, the Security Council has recognized the adverse effects of climate…

Study questions food scarcity link in driving African conflict

It isn’t climate change that will increase the frequency of civil war in Africa as a result of food scarcity, according to a study recently published in the American Journal of Agricultural Economics. Rather, it’s the abundance of food that attracts armed actors and creates an incentive for controlling resources. “Understanding…

A new dawn for a peaceful, prosperous Great Lakes region

Africa Times contributed post By Said Djinnit On 24 February 2013, eleven African heads of state made history in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The Peace, Security, and Cooperation Framework (PSCF) for the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Great Lakes region came into being. Sudan and Kenya joined the group 11 months…