What we’re reading, 20 May 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.
Setting the record straight about African migration
Project Syndicate (international) published a comment piece on misconceptions around African migrations. The article highlighted that, “there is, in fact, no mass exodus from Africa at all,” and referred to learnings from the 2019 Ibrahim Forum Report. Notably, that Africa accounted only for around 14% of global migrant flows.
Togo changes law to let president stand for two more terms
Al Jazeera (international) reported that Togo has approved a change to its constitution, paving the way for incumbent Togolese President, Faure Gnassingbé, who has been in power since 2005, to potentially extend his term until 2030.
June 7 saved the state protest ‘carved in stone’; organizers defiant after meeting with President Weah
Opponents to Liberian President, George Weah, have announced nationwide protests in June, demanding Weah’s resignation, despite calls for dialogue launched by the head of state.
AFAWA programme: AfDB to receive $61.8m from ‘We-Fi’
PM News (Nigeria) reported that the African Development Bank has received over $60 million in funding for its Affirmative Finance Action for Women in Africa (AFAWA) programme from Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative, a global partnership of governments and public and private sector stakeholders, hosted by the World Bank.