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At risk: Credibility of US democracy promotion in Africa

At risk: Credibility of US democracy promotion in Africa

This article was first published on THE HILL opinion section Last December, I urged the U.S. government to stand with the people and civil society of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in demanding that there…

Bolton rolls out Trump’s Africa policy to grim reception, but I’m reserving judgment

Bolton rolls out Trump’s Africa policy to grim reception, but I’m reserving judgment

This article was first published on THE HILL opinion section If you care about Africa or work on the continent, the equivalent of Willy Wonka’s Golden Ticket last week was an invitation from the Heritage Foundation…

Financing innovation in Africa: Rebranding the Sustainable Development Goals as an asset class

Financing innovation in Africa: Rebranding the Sustainable Development Goals as an asset class

This article was first published on THE HILL opinion section On Sunday, 2 December, the 7th Annual Global Citizen Festival arrived in Johannesburg, South Africa commemorating the centennial of the birth of Nelson Mandela. The concert,…

Maybe Trevor Noah is onto something: An African perspective on the midterms

Maybe Trevor Noah is onto something: An African perspective on the midterms

This article was first published on THE HILL opinion section As Florida moves into a recount for closely contested seats for governor, senator, agriculture commissioner and others down ballot, and the Democratic candidate for governor of Georgia, Stacey…

Making room for the political outsiders in Africa

Making room for the political outsiders in Africa

This article was first published on THE HILL opinion section No matter the outcome of Today’s mid-term elections – be it a blue wave, red wave or divided government, a repudiation of Donald Trump, or a reluctant…

Kofi Annan’s memorial was a celebration of his service to the world

Kofi Annan’s memorial was a celebration of his service to the world

This article was first published on THE HILL opinion section Kofi Annan, the former Secretary General of the United Nations, the only black African to hold the post and the first elected from within the ranks of the…

US steps up its game in Africa, a continent open for business

US steps up its game in Africa, a continent open for business

This article was first published on THE HILL opinion section “The U.S. needs to step up its game in Africa,” said U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross in Accra, Ghana, Thursday in an expected and welcome assessment. The secretary was…

Trump’s Africa initiative to be unveiled next month: Still a work in progress

Trump’s Africa initiative to be unveiled next month: Still a work in progress

This article was first published on THE HILL opinion section When Donald Trump’s National Security Advisor John Bolton unveiled the long-awaited Africa Strategy of the Trump Administration on 13 December 2018 to an over-capacity crowd at the…