How a natural disaster shows the cracks in a country: the case of the Nyiragongo Volcano and the DRC

By Natalie Domaas Sub-Saharan Africa Analyst On Saturday May 22nd, the Nyiragongo volcano in the eastern Buhene district in the Democratic Republic of the Congo erupted for the first time since 2002. The volcano stands within ten kilometres from the city of Goma. So far, 20 lives have been lost, hundreds are missing and thousandsContinue reading “How a natural disaster shows the cracks in a country: the case of the Nyiragongo Volcano and the DRC”

Why gender quotas will not end inequality

By Natalie DomaasSub-Saharan Africa analyst When discussions about women’s political representation arise, countries with high levels of female parliamentarians are often cited as shining examples for what gender quotas can do to help achieve gender equality. Gender quotas are laws that state that a certain number of candidates or elected officials who are running forContinue reading “Why gender quotas will not end inequality”

EU-Africa relations: in search for a “partnership of equals”

By Mert Can Yazıcı Guest Contributor* Since the new European Commission took the office, Africa has been a high priority in the European Union (EU)’s political and diplomatic agenda.[1] This became clear with Ursula von der Leyen’s decision to make her first official visit outside Europe to the African Union (AU) Headquarters in Addis Ababa,Continue reading “EU-Africa relations: in search for a “partnership of equals””

What about girls? Examining the exclusion of girl soldiers in the post-conflict peace-building process

By Natalie Domaas Sub-Saharan Africa Analyst Disarmament, demobilisation, and reintegration (DDR) programmes implemented in post-conflict settings have faced much criticism over their effectiveness and success rate. Such criticisms include the lack of a gendered perspective, which causes many female combatants to be excluded from these programmes. While the plight of female combatants and the needContinue reading “What about girls? Examining the exclusion of girl soldiers in the post-conflict peace-building process”

How COVID-19 could shape the future of development in Sub-Saharan Africa

By Natalie Domaas Sub-Saharan Africa Analyst Out of all countries who have suffered from the effects of the novel coronavirus, the biggest (and most surprising) success stories come out of Sub-Saharan Africa. Countries such as Senegal, Rwanda, Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire, and Tanzania have all fared extremely well in the handling of the coronavirus outbreak, muchContinue reading “How COVID-19 could shape the future of development in Sub-Saharan Africa”