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. 

Tuesday, 12 September 2017 - 11:39am
Before recess, a bill proposing devolved powers was defeated in the National Assembly. But that hasn’t weakened calls for decentralisation. Growing numbers of influential individuals and groups are calling for more powers to be devolved to the state level. Credit: jbdodane. Against a backdrop of bad governance, unemployment, and underdevelopment, calls for greater federalisation in Nigeria... more
Friday, 1 September 2017 - 11:58am
Burundi needs international peacekeeping missions to keep its troops paid and happy. Peacekeeping missions need Burundian troops. But for how long? Burundian troops arrive in Mogadishu to serve under the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). Credit: AMISOM Photo / Ilyas Ahmed. The crisis that has engulfed Burundi since April 2015 is the result of infighting among a small number of insiders... more
Friday, 25 August 2017 - 12:32pm
Six years on from the fall of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, Libya remains deeply divided and unstable. Rival governments tussle for authority while much political and economic activity is run by an assortment of militias. This week, the UK’s Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson visited to North African nation. The UK, along with France and the US, was instrumental in lending support to the rebels who... more
Friday, 25 August 2017 - 11:38am
After years of government stalling, demonstrators are demanding electoral reforms, including the reinstatement of term limits. Thousands take to the streets in Togo to demand the reinstatement of the 1992 constitution. On Saturday 19 August, shocking images of the bodies of protesters being carried on stretchers started flooding social media in Togo. That day, thousands of citizens had taken to... more
African Arguments - Why Burundians continue to flee
Thursday, 24 August 2017 - 10:44am
Despite government claims that Burundi is safe, refugees say they will only consider returning under three conditions. Burundian refugees at a camp in the Democratic Republic of Congo. MONUSCO / Abel Kavanagh. On 20 July, President Pierre Nkurunziza left Burundi for the first time since his 2015 bid for a third presidential term plunged the country into crisis. On his visit to Tanzania, he urged... more