African Arguments Online

African Arguments Online is an influential comment and analysis platform for discussion of African current affairs and business. The website provides commentary on the big events and ideas shaping modern Africa, from some of the best writers, academics and journalists on the continent.

The site publishes new, original material daily and also has a weekly newsletter keeping you up-to-date. We publish commentary and analysis which is well written, accessible and timely.

African Arguments Online is part of the Guardian Africa Network, a network of blogs and websites, offering the best in African news and commentary on the pages of The Guardian, one of the world's biggest daily newspapers. 

Thursday, 21 June 2018 - 2:53pm
The Gambia may not be ready yet. But it’s only a matter of time until the conditions are right to prosecute former president Jammeh. The Gambia’s former president Yahya Jammeh. Credit: UN Photo/Erin Siegal. If The Gambia’s former president Yahya Jammeh thought he could escape to a quiet exile in Equatorial Guinea, he may have underestimated the determination of his compatriots. His 22... more
Wednesday, 20 June 2018 - 4:23pm
Welcome to the free section of the Insider’s Newsletter (scroll down). To get the full newsletter, subscribe here! You’ll get extra insights plus your fee will help support African Arguments to keep going. The bits non-subscribers are missing out on this week are: The fate of the five: African hopes shift to Senegal The first week of the World Cup has passed and the only… [... more
Wednesday, 20 June 2018 - 11:23am
The multi-billion-dollar LAPSSET project promises to transform Kenya — including the oldest Swahili settlement on the African coast. Credit: Nick Young. This is the first part in a series looking into the effects of LAPSSET on local communities along its proposed route in: Lamu, Garissa, and Turkana. Along Manda Bay, the mangrove-lined lagoon on Kenya’s coast, a Chinese dredger scoops up millions... more
Tuesday, 19 June 2018 - 10:58am
Ethiopia’s transition has raised expectations across the country. The effects of this can be seen in rising unrest in the south. Fixing a school in Ethiopia’s SNNPR region. Credit: Axel Steinhagen. Over the past few months, shifts in the direction of government under Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed at the national level have been drawing most of the headlines in and about Ethiopia. However... more
Tuesday, 19 June 2018 - 10:24am
NTDs affect about 1.5 billion people. Digital technology could turbo-boost progress in combating them. Rwanda has been using drones to deliver blood, but the technology could be expanded to other urgent deliveries in tackling NTDs. Credit: Sarah Farhat/World Bank Fabiano grew up close to a fast-flowing river that irrigates the land in Uganda’s Nebbi District. Over the years as he farmed, he was... more