What we’re reading, 15 April 2019
Each week the Foundation highlights a number of media articles that we have found interesting and relevant to governance in Africa. Sharing here is not an endorsement of the views linked, but a spur for further discussion. Join that discussion by engaging with one of our social media accounts, linked at the top of this page.
The Story of Migration Is More Positive Than We’ve Been Led to Believe
Mo Ibrahim’s op-ed arguing that perceptions of migration as a ‘mass exodus’ from climate change and conflict are misinformed. The article emphasised calls for improved management of migration stating, “We can do better than this.”
Ivory Coast Leader Edges Closer to Decision on Third Mandate
Comments made by Ivorian President, Alassane Ouattara, around the elections in Côte d’Ivoire were the focus of pieces published by Bloomberg (international), The Africa Report (pan-African), Jeune Afrique (pan-African) and Fraternité Matin (Côte d’Ivoire). Articles speculated about his potential decision to run for a third term or possible readiness to retire. Re-examining Ouattara’s hedged response to questions around the subject of elections, they featured his statement that he would take three things into consideration: God, the Ivorian people, and his conscience.
INTERVIEW: Stop calling migration a ‘crisis’, says Nobel laureate Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
Thomson Reuters Foundation (international) published a piece stating people should “stop calling migration a crisis.”
Protesters stage sit-in outside Sudanese president’s residence
The Financial Times featured commentary from Mo during the 2019 IGW in relation to the unfolding situation in Sudan. Reporting on a sit-in by protestors outside Sudanese President, Omar al-Bashir’s residence in Khartoum, the article included Mo’s call for al-Bashir to follow the recent move to step down by Algerian President, Abdelaziz Bouteflika stating, “You bled the country dry. What more do you want?”