Africa

West Africa: Using Mercenaries to Fight Boko Haram?

[ISS] Following Boko Haram’s brutal attack on dozens of farmers in Nigeria’s Borno State last November, the state governor called on federal authorities to enlist mercenaries to counter the terror group’s activities in the Lake Chad Basin. This reflected popular wariness about the ability of countries in the to defeat …

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Africa: African Countries Embracing Biometrics, Digital IDs

[Africa Renewal] From the spread of digital apps, like the Nigerian-based FarmCrowdy, which is helping farmers utilize technology to improve their operations, to Mpesa – the mobile money in East Africa, to the millions of mobile phone connections in sub-Saharan Africa, bypassing fixed-telephone line services, there are countless examples of …

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Africa: Jabulani Sikhakhane Appointed Editor of the Conversation Africa

[The Conversation Africa] We are delighted to announce the appointment of Jabulani Sikhakhane as Editor of The Conversation Africa (TC Africa). He takes over the reins from Caroline Southey, who will assume the role of Founding Editor, shifting her focus to the site’s future sustainability. She will also deputise for …

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Nigeria: Nigerian President Buhari Shuffles Military Service Chiefs

[CFR] Security across Nigeria is challenged, with Islamist groups in the north far from defeated, a seeming resurgence of a low-level insurrection in the oil patch, ongoing conflict in the middle of the country over water and land use that sometimes acquires ethnic and religious dimensions, and a general wave …

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