African Civil Society

Are We Stewards, Co-owners or Just Tenants Occupying the Social Justice Space for a While? The social, political and economic reality in Africa has changed tremendously over the last fifty years. In 2012, for instance, we witnessed three peaceful political successions in multiparty regimes following the death of three heads of state.  Follow @AfricaSpeaks4 Tweet

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A Name is More Than the Tyranny of Taste – Wole Soyinka

Nobel Prize winning writer, poet, and playwright Wole Soyinka gave the keynote address at the CODESRIA-Guild of African Filmmakers- FESPACO workshop on: Pan-Africanism: Adapting African Stories/Histories from Text to Screen, which ran from February 25-26, 2013 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Follow @AfricaSpeaks4 Tweet

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In Zimbabwe, Learning Chinese is a Lucrative Investment

The government of Zimbabwe is actively working to promote the learning and integration of Chinese language and culture into the daily lives of its citizenry. In fact, Zimbabwe is now home to the largest number of locally trained Chinese teachers in Africa. Given the burgeoning economic and political Sino-Zimbabwean relationship, and the dominating Chinese presence…

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A New Take on Land Reform in Zimbabwe

Jeannette Manjengwa, Teresa Smart, and Joseph Hanlon’s new book, Zimbabwe Takes Back its Land, presents evidence of smallholder farmers in Mashonaland Province, Zimbabwe making noticeable gains 10 years after the government of Zimbabwe instituted a controversial land redistribution program. Findings detailed in the book seem to echo data from a 10-year study in Masvingo Province,…

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Leila Zerrougui on Children and Armed Conflict

The UN has recently upped the pressure on militias and entities that use child soldiers. Armen Georgian asks the UN Special Representative for Children and Conflict whether these sanctions have had any effect. Leila Zerrougui explains that the biggest challenge is stopping non-state armed groups from using child soldiers, since they are much less vulnerable…

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An interview with Charles Abugre

An interview with Charles Abugre, Director for the African region of the UN Millennium Campaign – the global UN campaign to fight poverty. In this video, we hear about why the campaign is so important to millions around the world and the chance we as a planet have to create a vision for a better, more…

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