Burundi & Rwanda: rivalry at the heart of Great Lakes crises

André Guichaoua, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne The end of two particularly bloody and dramatic civil wars saw a reversal of the political and ethnic dominance in Rwanda in 1994 and Burundi in 2004. This dominance had come into being at independence. In Rwanda, the 1959 revolution overthrew the Tutsi monarchy and brought Hutu elites to …

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Tanzania’s refusal to sign EU trade deal gives E. Africa think time

Sekou Toure Otondi, University of Nairobi Tanzania’s refusal to sign a new trade deal between the East African Community (EAC) and the European Union (EU) has generated anxious reactions. If news reports are to be believed, plans had been made for a signing ceremony to take place during the just-concluded United Nations international conference on …

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Q&A: Young African talent will set science agenda

By Onche Odeh Leszek Borysiewicz, the vice-chancellor of the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, has served as chief executive of the UK’s Medical Research Council and deputy director at Imperial College London. In this interview, the biomedical researcher tells SciDev.Net about how Africa needs to fuse local policies with global efforts on scientific collaboration. He …

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Modi’s razzmatazz diplomacy isn’t serving African interests

Vineet Thakur, University of Johannesburg and Alexander E. Davis, University of Johannesburg India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi concluded his five-day, four-nation tour of Africa on July 11. He spent two days in South Africa and made brief visits to Mozambique, Tanzania and Kenya. As he left Nairobi at the end of the tour, Modi had …

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Meet the Yahoo boys – Nigeria’s undergraduate conmen

Oludayo Tade, University of Ibadan Many undergraduates in Nigerian universities dabble in internet fraud. Nicknamed “yahoo-yahoo” after the international web portal and search engine, this perfidy has become a way of life for the young con-artists. Many of these fraudsters – dubbed “yahoo boys” – have become filthy rich. Some have been caught by the …

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