The Africa Report n°85 - november 2016
ELECTIONS ON THE EDGE
After a spate of bad elections this year, people are losing faith in the political elite’s ability to fix
the problems. However, for corrupt, brutal and despotic politicians around the world, 2016 is a year to celebrate – a year of impunity.
Popular movements have shaken the Oromia and Ahmara regions of Ethiopia over recent months and threaten to spiral into ethnic violence. So what is happening to the Ethiopian dream?
Former ruling-party baron Joice Mujuru is leading a new opposition party that is seeking to work with others to get key concessions before elections in 2018.
Kenya’s election campaign is heating up, and opposition leader Raila Odinga,who is widely expected to run on the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) ticket, is doing his best to challenge President Uhuru Kenyatta.
From transport to retail and from media to mining, South African companies are ramping up investment outside the African continent in search of new opportunities.
The North African kingdom is balancing Islamists with a managed democracy, and squaring state with market. This remarkable political balancing act has allowed Morocco to keep competing structural forces in play rather than in conflict.
DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO
Tensions that had been rising as the end of President Kabila’s final term drew close exploded after the government failed to announce elections on 19 September. Now Kabila and a small group from the opposition are trying to manage the transition but other oppositionists are putting up a fight.
When Facebook-founder Mark Zuckerberg visited Lagos’s burgeoning tech and startup hub it confirmed what Nigerians already knew: Yabacon Valley is the future. This dossier also looks at the battle for Africa’s internet and includes interviews with Liquid Telecom’s CTO and Airtel Nigeria’s CEO.
ART & LIFE
In Nigeria’s drug addiction epidemic the north of the country is the hardest hit. From high-rollers on cocaine to the poor sniffing sewage-soaked rags, The Africa Report shines a spotlight on the dealers, the users and those who are trying new ways to offer a solution.