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  • 1st October 2019

MORE TALK THAN DEALS FOR AFRICA AT UN SUMMIT: Small concessions for continent's diplomats at climate change summit and meetings on security and development goals

Patrick Smith

As many of the African delegations leave the UN's summit in New York – some are preparing for the IMF and World Bank's annual meeting in Washington DC in two weeks' time – officials are assessing the wins and losses. Egypt's President returns to face deep...

  • 26th September 2019

Assonance and dissonance at the UN

Blue Lines

The opening of the UN General Assembly this week brought out some unlikely commonalities. Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari and Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson both used their speeches to the assembly to rail against tech companies. 'They cannot...

  • 24th September 2019

AFRICA'S PUSH FOR GLOBAL WARMING CASH: Youth and emerging economies face wall of opposition to demands for a climate change emergency at UN General Assembly

Patrick Smith

This week we start in New York at the UN General Assembly where African and Asian leaders are pressing governments in Europe and North America to do more to combat climate change and contribute more to measures to mitigate the damage that it's causing to ...

  • 17th September 2019

MUGABE'S LEGACY DIVIDES ZIMBABWE: Economic crisis deepens ahead of IMF talks in Washington

Patrick Smith

We start in Harare – in the throes of economic and political crises – with the funeral of Robert Mugabe, and then to the first-round upsets in the presidential election in Tunisia. Tanzania's leader gets cash from the World Bank despite attacking civil ri...

  • 12th September 2019

Mugabe's last battle

Blue Lines

President Emmerson Mnangagwa's hopes that the death of independence leader Robert Mugabe would lead to a helpful outbreak of nationalistic fervour are proving forlorn.  Mnangagwa implored Zimbabweans 'to show your love of the great leader who has left us....

  • 10th September 2019

The week ahead in Africa: South Africa/Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Burundi, Botswana

Patrick Smith

This week we start with a move to dampen down tensions between South Africa and Nigeria and a political row over President Mugabe's funeral. Also on the agenda are China debt talks, the political succession in Botswana and repression ahead of elections in...

  • 3rd September 2019

The week ahead in Africa: Japan's African offer

Patrick Smith

This week we start in the East, picking up the pieces from the Japan-Africa summit, and then to Zambia where an opposition politician is being hauled before the courts accused of insulting the President. In Kenya, fresh battles are breaking out over budge...

  • 29th August 2019

Tokyo scrambles for Africa

Blue Lines

This week's Tokyo International Conference on African Development, held confusingly in Yokohama, shows the growing competition between foreign powers on the continent. Although Japan's commercial ties with Africa – some $10 billion of trade a year – are m...

  • 26th August 2019

The week ahead in Africa: The new power-sharing government sets up in Khartoum

Patrick Smith

We start this week with the new government in Sudan, then to Kenya for a contested census, and to the next steps after elections in Jubaland, Somalia. Despite the best efforts of Angola's President Joaõ Lourenço, the latest diplomatic deal between Preside...

  • 20th August 2019

The week ahead in Africa: Sudan, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Zambia, South Africa

Patrick Smith

This week we start with a new government in Sudan, then one in Nigeria, and then to Zimbabwe's economic and political crises. The propaganda battle over China's Huawei intensifies, new warnings about the severity of Southern Africa's drought and a controv...

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