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How Illicit Financial Flows Drain African Economies

April 21, 2014 | by Mohamed Sultan
Billions of dollars have been secretly plundered from African economies in recent decades, resulting in missed development opportunities, increased poverty, and continued injustice.

How to Ensure Free and Fair Elections in Guinea

April 11, 2014 | by Mathias Hounkpe
If preparations are not made for its next presidential election, Guinea risks falling back into instability, violence, and economic losses.

The Killing of Norbert Zongo: African Court Stresses State Obligation to Protect Journalists

March 31, 2014 | by Chidi Odinkalu, Ibrahima Kane
Africa’s top human rights tribunal has found that Burkina Faso failed to properly investigate the murder of a politically troublesome newspaper editor.

Development Decoded

March 24, 2014 | by Fawzia Naqvi
What is the best way to help Africa’s population benefit from the wealth generated by the continent’s natural resources? Marcelo Giugale of the World Bank explores this question and more in a new book.

Katanga Judgment Underlines Need for Stronger ICC Focus on Sexual Violence

March 11, 2014 | by Kelly Askin
The conviction of Germain Katanga for war crimes is a welcome step forward. But when it comes to crimes like rape and sexual slavery, international tribunals like this one have done a poor job.
Grantee Spotlight

When Schools Become Targets of War

March 6, 2014 | by Trine Petersen
Around the world, schools, student, and teachers are targeted as a tactic of war. States need to take action to stop this appalling practice.

Life-Changing Loans in Africa

March 3, 2014 | by Cedric de Beer
Over 70 percent of Kenyans are smallholder farmers, many of whom struggle to earn a living. Juhudi Kilimo, a micro-finance company, empowers them to increase their incomes and create sustainable businesses.
Grantee Spotlight

Building a Women’s Movement in Southern Africa

February 19, 2014 | by Tsitsi Mukamba
By helping lay the groundwork, we’ve seen a flourishing of young women leaders in southern Africa.

A Fresh Approach to Education Funding

February 19, 2014 | by Aleesha Taylor
At least 57 million children worldwide are not in school. Yet aid commitments to education are declining at an alarming rate. Innovative financing is one promising way to close that gap.

Who Benefits from Niger’s Uranium?

February 13, 2014 | by Ibrahima Aidara
Niger is one of the world’s largest uranium producers, yet almost 90 percent of the population lacks access to electricity. Why? Enormous corporate tax breaks.