African Arguments Online
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
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
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
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
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