By Natalie DomaasSub-Saharan Africa Analyst Since November 4 2020, the Tigray region in northern Ethiopia has been entrenched in a civil conflict that has created one of the worst humanitarian emergencies seen so far this decade. The conflict began when Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed ordered military action to be taken against Tigrayan military forcesContinue reading “On the brink of genocide: the state of play of the Tigray Conflict”
By Mert Can Yazici Sub-Saharan Africa Analyst While transatlantic actors are focused on the numerous summits and US President Joe Biden’s 8-day visit to Europe, the key west African nation of Mali is undergoing a coup for the second time in 9 months. The latest coup began with the arrest of Mali’s transitional President BahContinue reading “A“coup within a coup”: what next for Mali?”
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”
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”
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. 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””
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”
Sub-Saharam Africa analyst Natalie Domaas shares her thoughts on the key issues for the Sub-Sahara Africa region in 2020 which include: Covid-19, End-SARS campaign, Military Coup in Mali.
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”