African Arguments Online

African Arguments Online is an influential comment and analysis platform for discussion of African current affairs and business. The website provides commentary on the big events and ideas shaping modern Africa, from some of the best writers, academics and journalists on the continent.

The site publishes new, original material daily and also has a weekly newsletter keeping you up-to-date. We publish commentary and analysis which is well written, accessible and timely.

African Arguments Online is part of the Guardian Africa Network, a network of blogs and websites, offering the best in African news and commentary on the pages of The Guardian, one of the world's biggest daily newspapers. 

Thursday, 18 October 2018 - 11:19am
Delivering aid in South Sudan costs seven times more than in Somalia. 40% of funding is spent on transport. An humanitarian mission in South Sudan on a 2-day journey from Juba to Yei, 180 km away. Credit: UN\UNMISS\Nektarios Markogiannis I recently needed to travel 150 km from the capital Juba to the town of Bor for a humanitarian mission. My options were to fly the short distance or go by road.... more
Tuesday, 16 October 2018 - 4:52pm
Ethiopia PM Abiy Ahmed doing press ups with protesting troops. If you haven’t subscribed to the Insiders Newsletter, you’re missing out on the juiciest insights from our top journalists and analysts. To subscribe, click HERE. It only takes as moment. Below is a list of the sections that you’re missing out on, but below that there’s a preview section to whet your appetite... more
Thursday, 11 October 2018 - 11:47am
Many children returned from armed groups are wracked by guilt. Religious ceremonies could be essential to alleviate these feelings. A girl formerly associated with opposition forces, sits outside her home in Bakiwiri, Yambio. Credit: Child Soldiers International. Martha* is among thousands of girls who have been recruited by armed groups in South Sudan. Abducted while farming tomatoes with her... more
Thursday, 11 October 2018 - 11:29am
There are four broad things Somalia must do to be able to maintain its own security. AMISOM has been operating in Somalia since 2007. Credit: AU-UN IST PHOTO /STUART PRICE. Once again, Somalia’s government and its international partners are trying to implement a transition. This time, the goal is to transfer responsibility for the country’s security from the African Union Mission in Somalia (... more
Wednesday, 10 October 2018 - 1:06pm
Several allies and relatives of the former president have been arrested on corruption charges. What effect is this crusade having on the country? President João Lourenço’s anti-corruption crusade continues to surprise and delight – both in Angola and abroad – a year after he took office. Against most expectations when he was elected, the president (known sometimes as J-Lo) has opened several... more