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How not to refill a lake

The Sahel’s only major body of water has shrunk to a fraction of its former size but one plan to save the lake is fraught with controversy

Lake Chad once sustained a large population through irrigation and fishing in Cameroon, Niger, Chad and Nigeria. Now, just a tenth of its former size, it is only a small lake straddling the Chad-Cameroon border. With climate change accelerating desertification, regional governments are desperate for a solution. Most controversial is an idea first mooted by Italian engineers in 1929 – when geo-transformative projects like vast canals, dams and wetland drainage were all the rage – to channel a section of the Oubangui River towards the dwindling Lake Chad.

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NIGERIA: The green dome of the National Assembly in Abuja. George Osodi / Panos

NIGERIA

Buying while there is blood on the streets

When it comes to Africa’s leading economy, balance sheets not political histories dominate the reading lists

Within the last week, Nigeria’s economy was confirmed as the biggest in Africa. At US$510 billion, it is well over $100 bn. bigger than South Africa’s. The first Nigeri...

EGYPT | SUDAN

Saudi Arabia targets Khartoum

The National Congress Party’s support for Egypt’s Muslim Brothers is exacting a heavy political and economic cost

Financial sanctions on Sudan by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are a political warning shot. The immediate targets are Khartoum's backing for Egypt's banned Muslim Broth...

EGYPT

El Sisi's spring offensive

The Field Marshal deploys a full armoury of marketing and social media tools to extend his political base as he launches his presidential campaign

One of the first public appearances that Field Marshal Abdel Fatah Saeed Hussein Khalil el Sisi made after stepping down as Defence Minister and Army Commander on 26 March was in a...

MALI

Keïta's six-month itch

The resignation of the government – after just six months in office – points to growing pressure on President Keïta

Elected in triumph last August, President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta faces growing criticism over failures to broker a settlement in the north and boost the national economy. The gover...

RWANDA

Kagame mourns – and warns

The 20th commemoration of the genocide of 1994 found the President uncompromising towards France and others he sees as enemies

President Paul Kagame's keynote speech at the Amahoro Stadium on 7 April urged everyone to face up to their responsibilities, since 'the people who planned and carried out the geno...

RWANDA

Militant remembrance

Formally entitled 'Kwibuka 20' (we remember), with the motto 'Remember, Unite, Renew', the concerns of the present were never far away from the commemoration of the past. That geno...

SOUTH AFRICA

Vavi and the unions fall out

The power struggle to control the trades union federation will reignite after the elections and damage the ANC

SENEGAL

Man with a plan

A grand economic strategy is unlikely to help Macky Sall win popularity as well as revitalise the economy – some doubt it can do either

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Mimmo Paladino's monument, 'Porta di Lampedusa – Porta d'Europa', built in 2008. Alfredo D'Amato / Panos

EUROPEAN UNION | AFRICA

Some partners are more equal than others

The Brussels summit confounds low expectations to produce agreements on security and migration but fails again on trade

BURUNDI

Taxing troubles

Tax reforms – which almost doubled state revenues over the last three years – are at risk from Bujumbura's elite and disorganised aid groups

ZIMBABWE

Snakes on a plane

The latest crisis at Air Zimbabwe is mainly about politics, particularly the battle between the two factions competing for the succession

EUROPEAN UNION | AFRICA

Security and trade top the Euro-Africa agenda

Europe is hosting African leaders in Brussels before they head off for summits in Delhi, Beijing and Washington

BURUNDI | CONGO-KINSHASA

Terms of abuse

The President's bid to change the constitution to allow him to stand for a third term has failed

ZIMBABWE

Another Diamond raises cash for Harare

Promises of a bond issue and a revival in investment from a fund run by the former head of Barclays Bank offer a glimmer of hope for the government

ZIMBABWE

Grace under fire

Farm seizures are damaging strong businesses but also threaten the availability of credit for the whole economy

NIGER

Issoufou’s Sahel agenda

Amid diplomatic discord and tough trade talks in Brussels, Niger’s President adeptly pushed for his government’s policies and interests

MALAWI

In cash we trust

President Joyce Banda’s distribution of free grain continues a tradition of opaque election funding

CÔTE D'IVOIRE

Who will follow Blé Goudé to the Hague?

After ex-President Gbagbo's cheerleader joins him for trial at the ICC, the court's investigations focus on President Ouattara's allies

CONGO-KINSHASA

Hitch for dam plan

The Inga III dam on the Congo River has a few more obstacles to overcome following a new World Bank report

GUINEA BISSAU

The civilians may be back

Well conducted and fair elections last Monday will help restore civil society. Then comes the far greater challenge of reining in the military

GUINEA | MINING

Condé tests Steinmetz

This month, ministers in Conakry are due to announce a landmark decision on the future of the world's biggest iron ore reserves

NIGERIA

There will be blood... and oil

The stink of the OPL 245 scandal won’t go away

LIBYA | UNITED STATES

Libya links worry Wall Street

US prosecutors are scrutinising the methods used to get lucrative Libyan investments and the role of brokers and agents

BURKINA FASO

Tight spot for Blaise

Compaoré is running out of options. If he stays on, mass protests will continue but if he leaves, he may lose his money and could face trial

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