Mauritius: A Tropical Heaven or Tax Haven?
April 2, 2020
Key Judgments KJ-1. Despite having a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural and religious population, Mauritius is the most peaceful and stable country in Africa, ranking 24th on the Global Peace Index. KJ-2. There are some tensions and inequalities based on ethnic group lines, and discrimination does exist. Despite some shortcomings, the complex Mauritius social model provides a degree of inclusion that helps to avoid internal conflict and minimises terrorist recruitment as disenfranchisement is low. KJ-3. Economic stability has been possible…
Gold Rush: Benefits of Tanzania Mining Reforms
March 27, 2020
Key Judgments The mining reforms initiated by President Magafuli have resulted in an increase in tax revenue and extraction from mining operations. Minerals such as gold have seen a significant increase in extraction and a deal with Barrick Gold is likely to increase revenues as a settlement has been reached. Despite negative foreign investment ratings by companies such as Moody’s, according to the 2019 World Investment Report of CNUCED, investment has significantly increased from $938 million…
Human Rights was Ignored in Equatorial Guinea: What is Next?
March 26, 2020
Key Judgements (International) Non-Governmental Organisations (INGOs / NGOs) and Civil Society Organisations (CSO) are very limited in their operation because the civic space is closed (A3); It is almost certain that the media is under total control of the government while the civic space is closed; however There is a realistic probability that the government of Equatorial Guinea may begin to respond actively to the United Nations warnings of human right violations and abuses…
Gun or Greed, and Central Africa: What Needs to be Silenced?
March 23, 2020
This article seeks to go beyond the popular ‘Silencing the Guns’ narrative. Regional and International initiatives towards finding a durable peace in Central Africa focuses on ceasefires without sufficient attention on what fuels the conflict. One or all opposing sides use guns to challenge, silence, or defend an economic interest. This includes governments of countries in Central Africa region. In essence, material wealth underlies the conflict or tension in the region. Reconstructed Scenario is based on the…
The Plague of Climate Change in East Africa
March 19, 2020
In recent months, floods and landslides have killed at least 280, and impacted an estimated 2.5 to 3 million people in the East Africa region. This comes amid an already disastrous food crisis in the region caused by droughts. The floods as a result of heavy rainfall are linked to the Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD). This phenomenon is raising water temperature leading to more water vapour = more rainfall. The floods exacerbate the food…
Nigeria Faces New Lassa Fever Outbreak
March 17, 2020
Why does this matter: The northern region of Nigeria is facing escalating violence. With many people displaced, terror organisations are expected to try persuading the affected ones to swear allegiance in exchange for basic services. The maternal mortality in Nigeria is already high. Lassa fever outbreaks that occur at a few years distance increase the mortality rate, especially among the youth. What is Lassa Fever and How it Spreads? …