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Development plan for Africa is patronizing

International cooperation. Promoting investments and creating jobs are key features in the Marshall Plan with Africa. However, nothing in the document explains exactly how. Moreover, Henning Melber dismisses the plan as condescending to Africa and Africans.

Challenges facing the Gambia

Blog post. Gambians are now free to exercise their political rights without fear of abduction. However, Amat Jeng notes, while the Gambia is democratizing there are security challenges. The legacy of the former President is looming large in the country.

Sacrifice to the Nile River

Uganda. Subsistence farmers on the African countryside depend on the erratic rains for their harvest and well-being. What is the role of traditional religion, rainmaking and sacrifice when the rain fails?

Engaging the private sector in science and innovation

New report. Technological progress and innovations do not occur spontaneously, they result from long-term investment. In Africa, innovations are much needed, but possibilities of achieving them are low, according to NAI guest researcher Samia Nour, co-author of...

Morocco goes West African

Regional cooperation. First regaining membership in the AU and now joining ECOWAS, Morocco shows a clear shift in policy and approach to Africa.

Brain drain of North African scholars

Migration. Lack of available positions and bad working conditions push academics abroad. According to NAI guest researcher Samia Nour, governments in the region do not invest sufficiently in higher education.

Germany treading carefully regarding colonial crimes

Colonialism. Negotiations between Germany and Namibia about atrocities in South West Africa during 1904-1908 is followed closely by European governments. The case could open up a Pandora’s box for other former colonial powers, Henning Melber, author of "Völkermord...

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