African Arguments Online

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.

Tuesday, 23 April 2019 - 3:18pm
Mali Prime Minister Soumeylou Boubeye Maiga (right) resigned last week.Credit: MINUSMA/Marco Dormino. African Arguments is and always will be freely-accessible to everyone. But we also have a separate spin-off product called the Africa Insiders Newsletter. It consists of weekly emails with additional snappy insights on topics such as elections, conflict, health and more. It’s for those who want a... more
Tuesday, 23 April 2019 - 10:52am
Blockchain technology can help trace a product as it moves through a supply chain, but it cannot create trust where it’s often most needed.  Blockchain has been suggested as a way to avoid using minerals extracted from mines that fuel conflict or use child labour. Credit: UNMAS/Gwenn Dubourthoumieu When it comes to solving problems today, it sometimes feels like no discussion is complete... more
Thursday, 18 April 2019 - 11:09am
The transfer of power from the APC to ruling SLPP has brought with it protests, walkouts, boycotts and low-level violence. On the streets of the capital Freetown, Sierra Leone. Credit: Eduardo Fonseca Arraes. A year since President Julius Maada Bio defeated the incumbent in general elections and took office, Sierra Leone’s political scene is fraught with tensions. As the now ruling Sierra... more
Tuesday, 16 April 2019 - 3:09pm
African Arguments is and always will be freely-accessible to everyone. But we also have a separate spin-off product called the Africa Insiders Newsletter. It consists of weekly emails with additional snappy insights on topics such as elections, conflict, health and more. It’s for those who want a bit extra and comes with a small subscription fee: Regular: $10/month or $100/year Patron: $15/month... more
Tuesday, 16 April 2019 - 1:36pm
Martin Fayulu is widely believed to have been the true victor of the DRC’s 2018 elections. We spoke to him about his next steps. Martin Fayulu on the campaign trail in December 2018. Credit: Martin Fayulu. Martin Fayulu shouldn’t be here. He shouldn’t be sat across from me in this hastily-vacated office we commandeered after his modest event at the Royal African Society in London. He... more

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