PREMIUM | Mainstreaming African youth in AfCFTA’s agenda
Africa is the world’s youngest continent whose youth population is projected to reach 1.3 billion by 2100 – representing almost half the world’s youth population at the time. By Adam Alqali Yet one of the biggest contradictions of Africa’s recent economic growth is the continent’s staggering youth…Read More »
ANALYSIS | Towards APRM’s universal accession by 2023
The African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) is Africa’s premier self-assessment, peer learning and experience sharing tool in democracy and good governance. By Adam Alqali The African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) came into being in 2003 as a voluntary tool for self-assessment, peer learning and experience sharing in democracy…Read More »
ANALYSIS | Nigeria’s anti-graft crusade: A case of patriotism or vendetta?
“If we don’t kill corruption, corruption will kill Nigeria” – President Muhammadu Buhari (2015) By Adam Alqali Not even the euphoria that greeted Nigeria’s 1999 return to democracy equated that of the reemergence of Muhammadu Buhari as the country’s leader in 2015. His past stewardship of Nigeria (1984-85)…Read More »
ANALYSIS | Why is Nigeria foot-dragging on the AfCFTA?
As Africa’s biggest economy, Nigeria’s sluggishness in signing the AfCFTA and its subsequent failure to ratify the agreement over a year later, is a major concern among stakeholders in the AfCFTA process In a bid to bridge the huge gap in intra-African trade, thanks to numerous tariff and non-tariff…Read More »
ANALYSIS | African Countries’ Response to COVID-19 Pandemic – The Case of Nigeria
Nigeria’s quite proactive response to COVID-19 offers other African countries immense learning opportunities On Friday, February 28, Nigeria confirmed its index case of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), making it the second African Union Member State (after Egypt) and the first in Sub Saharan Africa, to do so.…Read More »
ANALYSIS | Before it’s too late for Africa
Long before the Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) arrived in Africa via Egypt in mid February 2020, everyone knew its emergence on the continent was a matter of when and not if… Having first emerged in China’s central city of Wuhan in late 2019, the 2019 novel coronavirus…Read More »
ANALYSIS | What should Africans expect from South Africa’s leadership of the AU?
Last week, President Cyril Ramaphosa of the Republic of South Africa (RSA), addressed a gathering of his country’s ambassadors and heads of mission accredited to African countries, cabinet ministers and members of the diplomatic corps, in Tshwane, Pretoria; as South Africa assumes the one-year rotational chairship of the African Union…Read More »
ANALYSIS | West African migrants: Despair at home, death in the Sahara
On daily basis, Europe-bound West African economic migrants continue to die in the searing heat of the Sahara Desert or get drowned in the Mediterranean Sea, as they embark on the perilous sea crossing between the Libyan coast and the shores of the European continent Estimates by the…Read More »
ANALYSIS | AGA, ACDEG and Africa’s pursuit of good democratic governance
The African Union has always championed the cause of promoting democracy, good governance, human rights and rule of law in Africa; although the continent has made significant progress in its democratization drive – with many AU Member States currently enjoying quite stable democracies – the story in others is still…Read More »
ANALYSIS | Africa: Its high-time we pay for our climate, By Adam Alqali
“In order to fulfill my solemn duty to protect the United States and its citizens, the United States will withdraw from the Paris climate accord,” remarked President Donald J Trump, in his long-awaited televised briefing from White House’s Rose Garden on June 1, 2017. This pronouncement effectively…Read More »