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  • 6th July 2023

What Zambia’s new deal means for countries in debt traps

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The deal to restructure over US$6 billion of Zambia's foreign debt is a triumph for President Hakainde Hichilema, under whose government the country will save billions in repayments if, as is now much more likely, he secures a second term. Much kudos shou...

  • 22nd June 2023

Sierra Leone's Maada Bio faces election test

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About 3.4 million Sierra Leoneans are expected to vote in a general election on 24 June in which incumbent President Julius Maada Bio is seeking a second and final term. Although 13 candidates will be on the ballot paper, the poll is widely expected to be...

  • 8th June 2023

Can Ajay Banga fix the World Bank?

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When Ajay Banga went on his campaign tour, government and financial leaders were keen to meet the former Mastercard chief executive and tout his credentials as the reformist needed to shake up a sclerotic World Bank. Now installed as President, Banga will...

  • 25th May 2023

Will carbon trading help Africa's revenue woes?

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The launch of the African Carbon Markets Initiative (ACMI) following last November's UN COP27 summit in Egypt was a major milestone towards making climate finance available and expanding clean energy across the continent. Governments are now setting out t...

  • 11th May 2023

Can Saudi Arabia mediate peace in Sudan?

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Reports that the negotiations between representatives of the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) in Jeddah are in the final stages of reaching agreement to allow humanitarian aid to reach Khartoum and cities in Darfur offer a shard...

  • 28th April 2023

South Africa faces both ways in ICC-Putin row

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Facing the prospect of Russia's President Vladimir Putin, indicted for war crimes by the International Criminal Court, landing in Cape Town to attend a BRICS summit in August, Cyril Ramaphosa has backed himself into a corner. South Africa's membership of ...

  • 13th April 2023

Rare China-US cooperation could end logjam on debt deals

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The expectation that China will drop its longstanding demand for multilateral lenders, including the World Bank and IMF, to share losses alongside other creditors in sovereign debt restructurings for poor countries, is one of the main breakthroughs of the...

  • 30th March 2023

What Africa could gain from the BRICS summit

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Discussions on the next summit of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) are preoccupied with the question of Russia's Vladimir Putin attending in Cape Town, given the international arrest warrant hanging over his head.South African off...

  • 16th March 2023

US leans on Abiy to speed up peace deal with Tigray

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The United States' diplomatic campaign in Africa entered its next phase with Secretary of State Antony Blinken's stopovers in Addis Ababa and Niamey from 14-17 March. Blinken is keeping up the pace of high-level visits, promised at last December's US-Afri...

  • 2nd March 2023

Mali and Uganda push out UN human rights officials

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The expulsion of UN Human Rights Council officials from Mali and Uganda points to a concerted pushback against the agency and allied institutions. On 26 February, Mali's military government gave Guillaume Ngefa-Atondoko Andali, head of the UN peacekeeping...

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