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  • 3rd February 2022

Wave of coups upend Sahel security plan

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In the early afternoon of 1 February in Bissau, President Umaro Sissoco Embaló and his cabinet came under armed attack at a government compound. After four hours of shooting, forces loyal to Embaló regained control. Who and what was behind the attack is y...

  • 20th January 2022

Fixing the global system failure

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Close to 300 million people are reliant on humanitarian aid as a consequence of the 55 civil conflicts raging across the world, a handful of them in Africa. The UN and other international agencies complain about donors' being reluctant to fund the necessa...

  • 8th January 2022

Votes, coups and cash in 2022

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In this special edition of Africa Confidential our correspondents take an in-depth look at the year ahead, surveying elections, conflicts, economic trends, and the next twists in the Covid-19 pandemic. The continent's two biggest economies, Nigeria and So...

  • 16th December 2021

Brussels takes on Russia's mercenaries

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On 15 December, European Union foreign ministers slapped sanctions on the Russian private military group Wagner opening the way for more sanctions against foreign mercenary groups operating in Africa. It fits into the pattern of stand-offs between Brussel...

  • 2nd December 2021

Ramaphosa means business in West Africa

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'We want deals' was the mantra of South African President Cyril Ramaphosa when he touched down in Abuja on 30 November for a seven-day West African tour with a delegation of ministers and business leaders. His visit comes a year after the launch and limit...

  • 18th November 2021

Who's bombing Kampala and why

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The deadly blasts in central Kampala on 17 November have been claimed, via an identified Telegram account, as the work of Islamic State Central Africa Province (ISCAP), previously known as the Allied Democratic Forces. It points to the growing capacity of...

  • 4th November 2021

South Africa's coal deal could set trend

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Rhetoric is the warmest commodity at the UN's COP26 climate summit in an icy Glasgow. The distant pledges for achieving 'net zero' economies – in 2050, in 2060 or 2070 – concern African countries less than the current realities of extreme weather, the dro...

  • 21st October 2021

Africa calls for action on climate cash

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The World Meteorological Association's latest report evokes a troubling future. It forecasts that living conditions could become unsustainable in the next decade for over 100 million people in Africa, hit by drought, floods and extreme heat. Africa would ...

  • 7th October 2021

$290 bn finance gap slows Africa's recovery

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The cost for Africa to counter the damage caused by the coronavirus pandemic, to engineer an economic bounce back and mitigate climate threats is rising, justifying the International Monetary Fund's warning of a two-speed global recovery. The World Bank, ...

  • 23rd September 2021

Africa's case at the COP26 climate summit

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In the high-level conference on Climate, Conflict and Demography in Africa which we co-hosted on 14 September with the International Crisis Group and Royal African Society, over 1,000 attendees heard speakers from Africa, the Americas and Asia, including ...

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