CONNECTING THE DOTS
FGM In Africa Sees ‘Huge And Significant’ Decline, With Dramatic Fall From 71% To 8% In East Africa Over 20 YearsThe number of women predicted to be face genital mutilation in the world each year could rise to 4.6 million by 2030.
- The Mnangagwa regime could try to take ill-gotten gains away from Mugabe and Grace Mugabe, as Malaysias new government is doing to its previous kleptocratic prime minister and his wife.
Inequality And Child Hunger: Angola, Rwanda, Ethiopia Make Progress, But Full Stomachs Still Belong To The RicherStunting rates range between 10% in prosperous areas of southern Nigeria to over 50% in parts of the north.
Two Deserving Winners: Nadia Murad And Denis Mukwege Awarded 2018 Nobel Peace For Campaigns Against Sexual ViolenceThe US and UK dominate the countries of the prize's winners. Mukwege is the 11th recipient from Africa.
Central African Republic Just Scored The Most Negative Feelings Of Any Nation In 10 Years Of A Global SurveyThe survey didnt cover some countries facing serious political and humanitarian problems, including Burundi, Somalia, and Sudan.
- Eight countries including several in crisis such as Chad, Sudan, and South Sudan are in debt distress and a further 18 are at high risk.
US Kills 60 Al-Shabaab In Deadliest Attacks On The Somali Militants, But The Cycle Of Violence ContinuesAl-Shabaab has lost large swathes of territory to the Somali army this year, bolstered by US and African Union peacekeeping troops, AMISOM.
- Since the violence in DRCs Kasai region last March, 1.4 million people have been displaced.
- Official statistics underestimate total trade between Benin and Nigeria by 50% for imports, and by about 85% for exports.
With Over 10 Million Still Needing Assistance Every Day, The ‘Forgotten’ Lake Chad Crisis Gets A Shot In The ArmMore than $2 billion was pledged at the Lake Chad crisis, more than the $1.5 billion sought and three times the disappointing haul last year.
South Africa’s University Students Face A Crisis; Nearly 30% Go Hungry, With Black Learners Three Times More Likely To Than White OnesTheres a common perception that students represent the elite...But this is a myth. Students are more likely to be food insecure than others in the general population.
Mali’s Spoilers: Fighting Among Armed Groups Intensifies, Leaving Hundreds Dead, Thousands DisplacedIslamist militants, once confined to the north, have slowly expanded their presence in the region since 2015, inflaming tensions.
- "Since parliament has failed to come to the ghetto, then we shall bring the ghetto to parliament", said the musician turned populist politician.
- The Uganda oil pipeline through Tanzania should be made into a bigger prosperity corridor, with fibre optics, roads, railways and food silos.
- Theres an added problem to the latest Ebola outbreak; its in North Kivu Province, a conflict zone where dozens of armed groups operate and decades of fighting have devastated key infrastructure.
Ahead Of July 30 Vote, Can Zimbabwe Finally Get Rid Of Its History Of Violence And Media Repression?Mnangagwa has backtracked from Mugabe's more confrontational rhetoric. Zimbabwe's ruling party now uses cliches like "fresh start", "new dispensation", and "open for business". The talk has been matched by some action.
Survey Shows 70% Of South Africans Feel Immigrants Pose A Threat To The Country, And That Fuels XenophobiaRemarkably, the most frequently mentioned non-threat explanation for kind of hate crime was envy of the success or ingenuity of foreigners.
- Formula manufacturers have used aggressive and sometimes illegal tactics to encourage the use of formula in poor countries, where it can sometimes be dangerous when combined with unsafe water.
- Off the Horn of Africa, another migrant boat disaster on the perilous route to Yemen and the Gulf states from Somalia early in the month cost at least 60 lives
- It is one element of a wider problem of rampant criminality that is either ignored or encouraged by local politicians
- Blame the spike partly on complacency in the shipping industry, as vessels have cut down on self-protection measures
FROM THE ARCHIVES
- The use of motorcycles for commercial transport has grown very rapidly in recent years, for several economic reasons that have been well articulated. But its social and political impact is a bigger, more layered story.
- Streamlining logistics and clearance is an existential issue for landlocked countries, but the coastal countries have the “luxury” of dysfunction.
- Kenya is punching above its weight in diversification of exports – in the analogy of anthropologists, it is less of a hunter economy and more of a gathering one – all sorts of small items find their way to the export market
- Since the prize was launched, there have been more years when it has not been awarded, than when it has
- The beautiful First Ladies probably become some kind of political bling, to make up for an autocrat's democratic deficit. Democratic presidents, on the other hand, don't need to put a shine on their legitimacy. They get it at the polls.