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Africa’s future is urban

Africa’s future is urban. Quality of life for Africa’s city dwellers will, however, directly depend on the quality of urban governance. Urbanisation can spur development but under current conditions, it is more likely to compound Africa’s structural challenges. Making cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable as stipulated in the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals is no easy task.

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International Day of the Girl Child

Today is the International Day of the Girl Child, and Africa joins the world to observe the day. It is imperative to highlight and join hands to fight and stop the various issues affecting girls from abuse, physical and sexual violence, exploitation, child marriage, various forms of discrimination and inequality. 

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Nigeria open to UN aiding negotiations with Boko Haram over release of Chibok girls

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari who last month said the country is “prepared to talk to bonafide leaders of Boko Haram” and “sources” who know the whereabouts of the Chibok girls has reiterated that his government will accept United Nations (UN) bodies to act as intermediaries in any negotiation with Boko Haram. The strategy of negotiating with terrorists has been criticised before, but it seems dialogue with Boko Haram is now more of a necessity rather than an option.

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Can the AU help South Sudan where the UN is failing?

The world’s youngest country is anything but peaceful. Since fighting began in December 2013, civilian casualties have been a consistent feature of the South Sudanese civil war. A peace agreement signed in August 2015 provided a brief respite from the worst of the violence, but last month saw a vivid return to ethnically motivated killing.This has been happening despite the presence of a relatively large United Nations (UN) peacekeeping force in the capital Juba, and begs the question whether the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) is up to the task. Can the African Union intervene?