After 2015, then what? Africa in a post-MDGs era

In view of the under-achievement record of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), global policy makers have set out on a search for a more veritable replacement ahead of its 2015 expiration date. Designed in 2000 by developed countries on behalf of developing countries, the MDGs were collectively promoted as a near-final solution to the development … Continue reading After 2015, then what? Africa in a post-MDGs era

In Search of Independence for African Coastal Waters

The African Union is in the conclusive stages of fashioning an African cabotage regime that will ensure that only vessels owned by Africans will trade within the continent’s coastal waters. The legislation when in force will be a much needed, though daring move to liberate African coastal waters from age-long dominance by overseas entities, and … Continue reading In Search of Independence for African Coastal Waters

Origin of Corruption in Africa and the Way Forward

Presentation made to the Parliament of Rwanda and other participants, during the international conference to mark the nation’s 50th Independence Anniversary in July 2012. Transparency International has defined corruption as “the abuse of power for private gains.”  Corruption can occur in several forms, but this paper focuses on what Hellman and Jones call ‘administrative corruption’, … Continue reading Origin of Corruption in Africa and the Way Forward

The Real Tasks Ahead of Dlamini-Zuma

The election of South Africa’s Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma as the chairperson of the African Union has earned high points for the regional body on several indicators. Since its christening as the African Union, the organization has failed to come up with ideas and strategies that will herald the desperately needed transformation across the … Continue reading The Real Tasks Ahead of Dlamini-Zuma

The Collapse of the Euro; the Fall of the CFA

The Euro zone continues to falter as uncertainties surrounding the fiscal actions of Greece and Italy, skyrocketing unemployment figures and living costs lead to an even gloomier prediction. Conversely, most African economies are increasingly recording impressive growth rates in GDP and in other yardsticks. One sore point of convergence in the Euro-Africa recession and growth … Continue reading The Collapse of the Euro; the Fall of the CFA

Education in Africa: Whose Education, anyway?

“Why do some of our people sometimes talk and behave as if they are not educated,” queried the man from the podium, as he addressed his largely West African audience; “Illiteracy, the Bane of Africa’s Underdevelopment,” the international magazine headline recently declared; and according to the UNESCO Institute for Statistics, as at 2007, only 3 … Continue reading Education in Africa: Whose Education, anyway?