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Sub-Saharan Africa

How America’s Flaws Become Russia’s Opportunity

Putin’s Russia is exploiting the flaws of American democracy. To do so, Russia is forging key inroads with developing countries.

Agents of Action: The Youth’s Contribution to the Fight against COVID-19 in Sub-Saharan Africa

Despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic in Africa, it has presented an opportunity for the continent’s youth to play transformational roles through research, innovation, and advocacy. Their efforts have greatly complemented state, non-state actors’ actions in the fight against COVID-19.

The Hidden Ingredient in Chocolate: Africa’s Child Slaves

In West Africa, children are kidnapped and forced to work on cocoa plantations. This not only ends their childhoods, but also limits economic development. Consumers can promote West African development by promoting brands that do not use child labor.

Peaceful Polling: A Case for African Union Action in General Elections

2020 is an important election year for Africa, with citizens voting on important leadership questions in countries as diverse as Burkina Faso, Ghana, and Tanzania. Even as Somalia holds what will be the first election in fifty years, other states, notably Ethiopia and Burundi are already showing signs of an election season marred by violence.…

Are We Witnessing an African Spring?

Anti-Kagame protests are sweeping Rwanda just weeks before the 2024 general election. Taken in conjunction with movements in Uganda and Zimbabwe, Rwandan activism represents the latest iteration of a regional rejection of dictatorial rule.

Silencing the Guns: Promoting Sustained Peace in Africa

As the African Union recommits to “Silencing the Guns” in 2020, the most effective path forward for the organization is to build upon past peace agreements in CAR and South Sudan.

How Much is 100 Trillion Dollars Worth? The Ever-Fluctuating Zimbabwean Currency

Zimbabwe's recession has highlighted the government's inability to control its economy, most notably seen through exorbitant levels of inflation and cash shortages.

Ethiopia’s Abiy One Year On

A year after his election Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy is being challenged to continue his role as a regional mediator while resolving ethnic tensions at home. How he responds to this popular ultimatum may well shape his legacy.

Ebola: Stubborn and Stigmatized

YPFP Fellowship Editor Danielle Preskitt spoke with Concern Worldwide's Kirk Prichard about the ongoing Ebola crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Considering Africa in the International Criminal Court

The International Criminal Court has an important role to play in international criminal justice, but urgently needs reform to maintain credibility.

Embracing Multilateralism in the DRC Ebola Crisis

The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo is a humanitarian crisis that could spread, made worse by DRC’s instability. The UN – supported by Member States – is best positioned to address this crisis.

Border Security in West Africa

Boko Haram in Nigeria, Haqqani Network in Pakistan, National Liberation Army in Venezuela, and Al Shabaab in Somalia - what regional similarity do they all share that allows their organizations to destabilize their regions? What major security issue must these countries address if they hope to finally defeat these organizations?