Tanzania is still failing to protect its children who live with albinism

Simon Ngalomba, University of Dar es Salaam There is no doubt that educational access worldwide has improved in the past two decades. This has been driven by the launch in 1990 of the United Nations’ Education for All global initiative. By 2011 there were more than 136 million children enrolled in schools compared with just …

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How a project with good aims delivered bitter outcomes in Sierra Leone

Gearoid Millar, University of Aberdeen Reports about land-grabs in Africa often attack the corporations that stand to profit from such projects. But little is said of the international development banks that fund the projects. Development banks are supposed to ensure adherence to human rights in the projects they fund, because human rights protection is central …

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Exclusive: Interview with Committee to Protect Journalists’ Sue Valentine

In a news release dated January 6, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) judged 2015 to be the “fourth most deadly year on record for journalists.” It said that 71 journalists were killed in the line of duty, with 42 percent of them (30 individuals) murdered by the so-called Islamic State. According to the news …

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Chadian dictator’s tactics mimic script of former rulers facing criminal charges

Gerhard Anders, University of Edinburgh There is more to former Chadian President Hissène Habré’s disruption of the opening of his trial in Dakar than meets the eye. He faces various charges including the politically motivated murders of at least 40,000 people. His behaviour amounts to more than the ravings of a deluded former dictator. In …

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Africa News Headlines for 5 August 2015

A selection of Africa news headlines from around the globe during the past 24 hours. Barack Obama serenaded with surprise ‘Happy Birthday’ at Young African Leaders Summit Source: The Independent High-profile attacks in Burundi have country on edge Source: Christian Science Monitor SA’s Agoa membership not decided Source: IOL/Business Report Why Obama is losing Africa …

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