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African Arguments is a pan-African platform for news, investigation and opinion. We seek to analyse issues facing the continent, investigate the stories that matter, and amplify a diversity of voices.

While big news organisations break the news, African Arguments breaks down the news. We do this through our extensive network of journalists, researchers and commentators. We examine the major events making the headlines – adding much-needed nuance, complexity and context – while at the same time shining a light on under-covered issues some would rather were kept in the dark. We cover topics related to politics, economics, gender, the environment, culture, social affairs and much more.

African Arguments also provides a crucial and unique platform for predominantly African writers to reach a predominantly African, and international, audience. Of the 200+ articles we published in 2017, over two-thirds were by African authors. The majority of our readers meanwhile are of African descent, whether living on the continent or in the diaspora.

Wednesday, 4 December 2019 - 11:31am
Pierre Nkurunziza continues to tighten his grip ahead of May 2020 elections. Is it too late to stop the crisis deepening? President Pierre Nkurunziza (left) has been in power in Burundi since 2005. Credit: PNUD Burundi / Patrice Brizard. Four years after Burundi’s crisis began, 300,000 people have fled the country for safety. A further 116,000 are internally displaced and almost 1.8 million need... more
Tuesday, 3 December 2019 - 2:53pm
1 December – World AIDS Day and National HIV Awareness Campaign Maybe it’s because it fell on a Sunday, but World AIDS Day came and went this year with little fanfare — underscoring just how global attention for the epidemic has flagged. And not at a good time: The youth bulge across Africa and other parts of the developing world mean that more efforts are needed to prevent... more
Tuesday, 3 December 2019 - 11:43am
Innovations, many pioneered in Africa, are making mental health treatment more possible and affordable, but more needs to be done. In tackling mental health issues, the rest of Africa and the world can learn a lot from initiatives such as the Friendship Bench in Zimbabwe. Credit: Friendship Bench Project- Zimbabwe. Joshua lives in Sierra Leone. His friends and family suffered heavily through the... more
Thursday, 28 November 2019 - 10:00am
With full elections unlikely in 2020, the incumbent is trying to lock down the support of lawmakers who will again select the president. At President Farmaajo’s inauguration in 2017. Credit: AMISOM/ Ilyas Ahmed Although it has not officially kicked off, Somalia is already effectively in the thick of an election season. The current administration’s mandate will end in 2020 and President... more
Wednesday, 27 November 2019 - 12:00pm
President Jose Mario Vaz, taking the oath of office for his first term. The essentials: Bissau-Guineans voted on Sunday in a peaceful presidential ballot. The country remains calm for election results on November 28th. The forerunners are incumbent President Jose Mario Vaz, who seeks a second 5-year term and Domingos Simoes Pereira. The context: Guinea Bissau has endured political upheaval for... more