Examining Labor Migration Policy in South Africa

By Dr. Zaheera Jinnah Migrating for work is one of the oldest and most common forms of migration in the world. According to the International Labour Organization (ILO) there are approximately 232 million migrant workers in the world today. For workers, migration represents an opportunity to find work, diversify skills and experience, and remit earnings ...
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Illegal Fishing in the Shadow of Piracy

By Yusuf Abdilahi Gulled Extensive illegal fishing by foreign vessels in Somali waters threatens economic development in the Horn of Africa. Somali fishermen are unable to compete because the foreign fishers are better equipped and better skilled. Some Somalis believe that the only way to protect their resources and make a living is by committing piracy. Piracy slow...
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Tackling Africa’s “Unemployable” Challenge

By Misan Rewane Each year, hundreds of thousands of graduates join a growing pool of unemployed and often unemployable young men and women in Nigeria. It is the greatest challenge of our era: creating jobs for the largest segment of our population. We know that the youth make up 65 percent of Africa’s population. What we, as a society, often forget is that...
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David Stevens discusses Nigeria and Africa’s 2015 Elections with David Alpern on World Policy on Air Podcast

Last week, Fireside President David Stevens joined David Alpern, host of the World Policy Institute's World Policy on Air podcast, to talk about the results of the recent Nigerian election and look ahead to other elections being held on the continent in 2015. Listen to the podcast above. (From the World Policy Institute) World Policy On Air is a new podcast from t...
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Reforming Liberia’s Mining Sector Post-Ebola

By Robtel Neajai Pailey and Silas Kpanan Ayoung Siakor A recent report by the Sustainable Development Institute (SDI) reveals that Liberia earned too little from its mining operations long before Ebola coincided with the steep slump in iron ore prices in August 2014. With iron ore figures at their lowest since 2009—largely due to decreased demand for steel in China—Liber...
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Ethiopia’s Adhoc AU Policy

The original version of this article first appeared in  Addis Standard. By Dr. Mehari Taddele Maru and Abel Abate Ethiopia’s absence of a long-term and substantive policy toward the African Union (AU) has resulted in a missed opportunity to establish a more robust and well-formulated long-term engagement in regional issues. Implementing a full-fledged strategy toward ...
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The Spaza Spirit

By Faith Kiarie In May 2008, xenophobic attacks against foreign African nationals living in South Africa left tens of thousands displaced and numerous businesses and homes destroyed. A new wave of similar attacks erupted again earlier this year in the township of Soweto and quickly spread to other parts of the country. Such attacks have been ongoing since they fi...
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The Impact of Cheap Oil and Ongoing Insecurity on Nigeria’s Politics and Prospects – A Local Perspective

The views expressed in this interview are those of the interviewee and do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of Fireside Research. For more of Fireside’s coverage of the Nigerian election, including a full election primer, please visit our Nigerian elections page. For more in depth analysis, please contact us to schedule a free consultation. With regional, reli...
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Status and Sustainability in Malawi

By Jon Twingi Sojkowski, Hastings Jolotie, and Simon Chimwaza Malawi recently suffered severe floods, where, ironically, many of the homes destroyed were built using techniques that made the environment more susceptible to catastrophic flooding. In particular, the use of so-called burnt bricks—mud bricks that have been dried in a wood-fire kiln rather than the sun—ha...
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Nigeria 2015: Challenges of Delayed Elections

By Mmakgantsi Mafojane As interest in Africa has increased in recent years, the presidential elections in Nigeria have come to gain global attention. And at a time when many African countries are making strides toward consolidating their democracies—holding repeated successful elections with peaceful transfers of power—the postponement of elections in the continent’s...
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