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Those First 100 Days: Tanzania’s New President and the Rise of #WhatwouldMagufulido

Those First 100 Days: Tanzania’s New President and the Rise of #WhatwouldMagufulido

It has now been over 100 days since Tanzania elected Dr John Magufuli as the fifth president of the United Republic of Tanzania. What a time it has been! Magufuli, the son of a peasant farmer and former works minister, campaigned for the presidency on a platform of hard work. In his words, ‘[he] know[s]...
Sub-Saharan Africa and China: A Fairy Tale Match?

Sub-Saharan Africa and China: A Fairy Tale Match?

It seems that 2015 has been the year of Africa: Africa rising and Africa not rising. Yet, as the public is hearing more about the continent from news outlets, the discourse often centres on China and its role in Sub-Saharan African countries (Table 1). Although this conversation tends to split into two main camps, where...
From #FeesMustFall to #FeesHaveFallen

From #FeesMustFall to #FeesHaveFallen

“If the ANC does to you what the apartheid government did to you, then you must do to the ANC what you did to the apartheid government.” – Nelson Mandela to South Africa’s trade union congress, July 1993[1] In October South Africa faced the biggest protests since the end of apartheid in 1994. After the...
West Africa’s Coastal Problem: Foreign Trawlers

West Africa’s Coastal Problem: Foreign Trawlers

From Senegal to Sierra Leone, illegal fishing has been a consistent blight on coastal communities along the Atlantic Ocean. The perpetrators of this illegal, unrecorded and/or unregulated (IUU) fishing activity are factory trawlers, industrial fishing boats that capture fish by dragging large nets behind them as they sail through ocean waters. These foreign trawlers, often...