Democracy & Peace

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    In this interview, Samia Nkrumah, daughter of the father of Ghana’s independence, calls for the political unification of Africa. The political unity of Africa is a prerequisite to facilitating its economic integration. “If the 20th century was the century of independence, the 21st century must be the century of Africa’s unification.” Read on
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    The presidential election in Mali was held, as scheduled, on 29 July 2018. According to the provisional results on 2 August, the incumbent president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita (IBK), won 41.4% of the vote. His main challenger Soumaïla Cissé (Soumi) obtained 17.8%. Turnout was 43%. A run-off election is scheduled for 12 August 2018. Read on
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    On the occasion of Africa Day 2018, Jay Naidoo, a former minister in Nelson Mandela’s cabinet during South Africa’s first post-apartheid government, reflected on the state of the continent. “We are exhausted by the talk, talk and talk. Our lives are littered with the broken promises of leaders. Our current leaders are out of touch. We are the richest continent under the ground but we are the poorest in the world. It’s time for leadership and governance. It’s time the older generation moved out of the way,” he wrote. Read on
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    On 22 May 2018, the European Union and Gambia co-chaired an international conference in Brussels to strengthen international, political and financial support for the country, following its peaceful transition of power in January 2017. The Gambian government presented its National Development Plan (2018-2021), adopted in January 2018, which sets out eight strategic priorities. he total amount of pledges is EUR 1.45 billion. Read on
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    According to the World Press Freedom Index 2018, which ranks 180 countries worldwide, the level of media freedom was categorised as “fairly good” in three West African countries, namely Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde and Ghana. These countries achieved better or similar scores than many OECD member countries. Read on
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    The second edition of the 2018 Africa Think Tank Summit was held in Rabat, Morocco from 9-10 May and explored the theme “Deepening expertise and enhancing sustainability: Insight into contemporary challenges facing African think tanks.” The summit offered an opportunity to reflect on the role of think tanks in African society. Read on
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    The 2018 Mo Ibrahim Forum Report paints a very poor picture of the state of Africa’s public services. The reports covers a variety of sectors -- from safety and security, health, education, climate change to justice -- and illustrates these issues with facts and figures. Nearly all African governments fail to deliver essential public services to their citizens; the demand for quality services is quickly rising, particularly in urban settings. A majority of African citizens are in favour of paying for public services. Read on
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    “Keeping power in check: Media, justice and the rule of law” was the global theme of the 25th edition of World Press Freedom Day, which is celebrated every year on May 3. The international conference, co-organised by UNESCO, was hosted this year by the government of Ghana in Accra from 2-3 May in recognition of that country’s independent and pluralistic media landscape. Read on
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    On the occasion of World Press Freedom Day on 3 May, UNESCO launched a new global report offering a critical analysis of four key dimensions of press freedom: media freedom, media pluralism, media independence and safety of journalists. Read on
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    On the occasion of World Press Freedom Day on 3 May, UNESCO launched a new global report offering a critical analysis of four key dimensions of press freedom: media freedom, media pluralism, media independence and safety of journalists. Read on

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