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. 

Wednesday, 24 October 2018 - 10:56am
By pressuring people displaced by conflict to return home prematurely, the government is putting them at risk. In the past few months, hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced by violence. Credit: UNICEF Ethiopia/2018/Mulugeta Ayene. Remarkable changes are occurring in Ethiopia. Since Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed came to power in April, he has welcomed back formerly exiled opposition... more
Tuesday, 23 October 2018 - 11:11am
Over the last year or so, there have been several incredible documentaries made in Africa. With some help from Film Africa, we picked out some of the most beautiful, hard-hitting and eye-opening among them. We then got a diverse range of reviewers to check them out and respond. The films come from across the continent and are all moving and remarkable in their own, often very different, ways.... more
Tuesday, 23 October 2018 - 10:17am
The four parties that make up the ruling EPRDF used to all follow the party line. Now their internal disagreements are out in the open. What is the future of the EPRDF, Ethiopia’s ruling coalition? Credit: SarahTz. In the past three years – and most acutely since Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed took office in March – Ethiopians have witnessed something unusual in their country’s politics. The... more
Thursday, 18 October 2018 - 11:19am
Delivering aid in South Sudan costs seven times more than in Somalia. 40% of funding is spent on transport. An humanitarian mission in South Sudan on a 2-day journey from Juba to Yei, 180 km away. Credit: UN\UNMISS\Nektarios Markogiannis I recently needed to travel 150 km from the capital Juba to the town of Bor for a humanitarian mission. My options were to fly the short distance or go by road.... more
Tuesday, 16 October 2018 - 4:52pm
Ethiopia PM Abiy Ahmed doing press ups with protesting troops. If you haven’t subscribed to the Insiders Newsletter, you’re missing out on the juiciest insights from our top journalists and analysts. To subscribe, click HERE. It only takes as moment. Below is a list of the sections that you’re missing out on, but below that there’s a preview section to whet your appetite... more

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