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News & Analysis | May 2016

Panama Papers. How and where, African leaders hide oil and mining revenues.

A number of African leaders have transferred revenues from oil and mining resources in tax havens. Though not always illegal, these methods are revealing about the opacity of the management of natural resources which deprives African states from badly needed incomes. In early April,…

Dossier

African Youth. Defusing the time bomb.

Looking at African youth, the impression is that something is about to burst. Whether it will be a catastrophe or a new beginning, however, it’s not easy to tell. Quite recently, Alexander Chikwanda, Zambia’s finance minister, voiced his concern by affirming that “youth unemployment is a ticking time bomb”. Figures, indeed, seem to be on his side. In…

Advocating for change.

In their 2015 book, Africa uprising, already regarded as one of the  most important studies on grassroots political movements in the continent, academics Zachariah Mamphilly and Adam Branch offer many insights on the political consequences of youth discontent. 'A growing political society of frustrated youth - they write among other things - is a recipe for…

Leaving home.

In Europe, the phrase 'African migration' is almost exclusively associated with people trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea on dinghies or old, overcrowded boats, but this is just a part of the picture, as Africans themselves know very well. On the one hand, those leaving the continent aren’t only doing so by sea (even if taking…

Challenging the stereotypes.

For many years, the dominant narrative about Africa has been that of the 'hopeless continent' and young people were rarely mentioned in reportages or shown in photos with the notable exceptions of militiamen, refugees or children almost dying of starvation. As the focus of the media shifted from political and humanitarian crises to the daily reality…

Churches

Sudan. A glass of water for the Kafir.

Just asking for a glass of water in a Darfur refugee camp…

Philippines. To empower poor people.

She has been arrested and detained, harassed and also sued but this…

Japan. The way of the Kami. Living the…

The Japanese religions may be compared to a multi-coloured tapestry depicting diverse…

The Exhortation. A conscience that listens to the…

In all, nine chapters and 264 pages, a long and complex document:…

Culture

Ivory Coast, singing against terror.

Grand Bassam is wounded, and yet, she sings. Or better, a…

Book review - Islam and the future of tolerance.

From the moment when the 11/9 attacks inevitably changed the way…

Prunus Africana. A Wonder Medicinal Plant

It belongs to the Rosaceae family and it is also called…

Mexico. The Huicholes' Drum Festival.

At the end of the rain season and after the harvest,…

Opinion & Comment

The drop in oil price and the challenge of…

The oil price collapse, one  barrel  currently costs $ 40, is forcing oil-producing  countries to face…

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“Missed” unaccompanied refugee children in Europe

Thousands of unaccompanied refugee minors disappear from reception centres in Europe, and national authorities do not…

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Advocacy

When faith becomes advocacy.

'Given the complexity of the ecological crisis and its multiple causes, we need to realize that the solutions will not emerge from just one way…

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Baobab

Swahili Myth. The Creation of the Universe

Before the beginning of time there was God. He was never, born nor will He ever die. If He wishes a thing, He merely says to…

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Youth & Mission

The wisdom of the eagle's feather.

" I hope you can find that which gives your life deep meaning, something for which life is worth living perhaps even dying for. Something which…

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