With the African continent home to the majority of the world’s fastest-growing economies, urban consumer markets and a wealth of natural resources, it’s perhaps not surprising that some of the world’s largest corporations, from Monsanto to Unilever, are rushing to get a slice of the action.
South Africa is a leader on the continent in the struggle for equitable democratic representation for women on Africa’s bodies of power. But after two decades of progress, the outcome of the 2014 elections last month is somewhat disappointing.
The killing of protesting students by Ethiopian authorities at the end of April is part of an ongoing story of wholesale dispossession and state-sponsored violence. Yet it has gone almost completely ignored in the international media. Here’s why.
There was a time when everyone looked to South Africa for African solutions to Africa’s problems. After the advent of democracy in 1994 South Africa was a beacon of hope for the continent. Sadly that situation has not been sustained, writes Benedicta Dube
The scale of foreign agribusiness on African soil could soon change how what we eat is grown, but also what we eat. The livelihoods of small-scale farmers hang in the balance. But a counter movement is forming. Meet three warrior queens battling for Africa’s food future.
The silent recolonisation of Africa is happening on a mass scale. To address this issue, the first Africa Conference on Land Grabs is set to take place in South Africa on 27–30 Oct. 2014. Land is the source of life and death, but it might not always be with us.
9/11 was but a dim memory of a TV spectacle until terrorists attacked the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi and we all went crazy about ‘insecurity.’ Now it’s a fact of life. So what’s it like to live under siege? And how are we handling the Somali question?