Dossier May 2016

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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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The Covid-19 Pandemic Advocacy.

Advocacy is Re-active while "forcing" us because problems or issues are already there. Then we use advocacy to respond, seeking to address or reducing their…

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The Fox, the Monkey, the Hare and the Horse.

The fox is the wicked animal in the forest, and everyone hates him. He is for ever cheating people and playing tricks on everyone. There is…

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Youth & Mission

The African Youth Survey 2020. Vibrant Afro-optimism rises.

A comprehensive survey of Africa’s youth – the African Youth Survey 2020 –has just revealed a rising Afro-Optimism among the continent’s youth driven by a strong…

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