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The Africa Report No. 104

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The Africa Report is the international publication of reference dedicated to African affairs, anticipating economic and political changes in Africa and relied upon for the independent expertise in its surveys, sector reports and country focus in each issue.

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4 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
african internationalism

The goal seems to be a system of bilateral deals, without any tough global rules They came from across the world to pay a final tribute to Kofi Annan on 13 September. Honour guards carried Annan’s coffin draped with the national flag – red, gold and green with the emblematic black star – through the streets of Accra, made sombre on this funereal day. Annan, the first sub-Saharan African UN secretary general, had led the organisation at a time when its purpose was questioned more forcefully than atany time since its founding in 1946. That challenge to the UN, and the wider rules-based international system, has grown more insistent and shriller. For UN secretary general Antonio Guterres, Annan embodied the UN spirit: “The world has lost a standard bearer of global cooperation.” Acutely…

2 min.

FIXING FOOTBALL IS NOT A ONE-MAN JOB It didn’t take the stunning 6 June exposé by ace investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas to persuade anyone that corruption runs through the core of African football – though it does help that the Ghanaian highlighted the canker boldest [‘The Question’, TAR102 July/Aug. 2018]. And while people implicated should be dealt with as the laws apply, it is erroneous to think that such action […]would be all that’s required to give the African game a clean bill of health. Corruption may top the list of African football’s challenges, but it’s only the first of many. Much more effort is needed, especially with respect to developing football at the grassroots level, affording African players and coaches the technical upgrade required to compete favourably with peers…

1 min.
breaking the glass ceiling, at home and abroad

Both African women in the diaspora and women in Africa can join forces and learn from each other to eradicate the proverbial sticky-floor syndrome and shatter the glass ceiling for the generations to come [‘50 influential women in business’, TAR102 July/August 2018]. The success of women in reaching the upper echelons of management on the continent should be a source of encouragement and inspiration for women in the diaspora, who also face unspoken and unacknowledged forms of discrimination. Whilst the conversation in Europe will readily recognise that the glass ceiling is still a reality when it comes to the gender divide, the discourse remains one-dimensional. The invisible barrier […] becomes a sticky-floor hazard when race and ethnicity intersect with gender. Recognising that this reality shapes the opportunities and challenges women…

2 min.
the question

Is the South Sudan power-sharing deal bound to fail? Yes According to the power-sharing deal signed on 30 August between South Sudan’s government and opposition groups, President Salva Kiir will remain president during the 36-month transitional period, while opposition leader Riek Machar will resume his previous post as first vice-president. Salva has repeatedly said he is not ready to work with Riek. Despite this, the mediation team from the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) have insisted and forced the two leaders to work together, without drawing lessons from the 2015 agreement which they had already messed up. The deal might also face the challenge of acquiring funds for implementation. Troika countries – the UK, US and Norway – have said they are not ready to provide any financial assistance to South Sudan’s…

1 min.
your views

The lifespan of the [Agreement] depends on the willingness of the parties to accomplish the work they are supposed to do during the eight-month pre-transitional period. If the issue of cantonment of forces is well-handled, the agreement will last. But if the forces are not well cantoned, they can continue violating the ceasefire and the agreement could collapse. Jale Richard I am not really optimistic […]. The duration of eight months for the formation of the transitional government is too long. Soon, the same game will start of counter accusations on the violation of the cessation of hostility. We badly need peace, but we don’t trust our leaders. Lodiong Edward Our hope is let it last, but also to see the other side. I see that the behaviour of our leaders can easily bring…

3 min.

ZIMBABWE Cuts in the time of cholera With his late August inauguration behind him, President Emmerson Mnangagwa has a long list of worries ahead, from tetchy relations with Western governments and a grinding economic crisis to a September cholera outbreak. The July elections closed a chapter on the military coup against former president Robert Mugabe, but the killing of seven protesters and claims of electoral fraud meant that there was little improvement in the way Western governments view the administration. The stakes are high: Harare is counting on billions of dollars in investment in platinum-mining and other projects announced before the elections for it to create jobs and ease the pain of economic reforms. Washington was quick to confirm that it is in no rush to remove sanctions or change its opposition to…