What we’re reading, 6 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.
AU’s Pan African Youth Forum Launches ‘1 Million by 2021 Initiative’
The African Exponent (pan-African) published an article on the African Union’s Pan African Youth Forum, held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The theme of the Forum was Bridging the Gap and Reaching African Youth. The article referenced data published in the IIAG about youth unemployment and stated that African governments are in danger of squandering the continent’s demographic dividend by failing to create enough jobs.
2020, 3ème mandat de Ouattara, retour de Laurent Gbagbo : C’était chaud entre Jean Louis Billon et Touré Mamadou et Alain Lobognon, ce qu’ils ont dit sur le plateau de Rfi
Linfodrome (Côte d’Ivoire) reported on recent heated debates on the prospect of peaceful elections in Côte d’Ivoire in 2020. The piece examined comments made by Chairman and CEO of Ubuntu Capital, Mamadou Touré, Ivorian Former Minister of Commerce, Jean Louis-Billon and Ivorian Former Minister of Promotion of Youth, Alain Lobognon. The article also referred to remarks made by Ivorian President, Alassane Ouattara, during 2019 IGW.
UN grants Mozambique $13m relief aid after Cyclone Kenneth damage
Business Day (South Africa) reported that the United Nations has granted $13 million in emergency funds to Mozambique and the Comoros Islands, after the flooding caused by Cyclone Kenneth which affected up to 160,000 people in the region.
EDITORIAL: Is the well of Chinese credit really bottomless?
The East African (Kenya) published an opinion piece on Chinese investments in Africa. The piece argued that Chinese funding for infrastructure in sub-Saharan Africa has made several low-income economies vulnerable. The piece added that China has threatened to take over key African national institutions from defaulting states, further demonstrating the risks of borrowing Chinese credit. The piece concluded that the issue of Chinese debt in Africa will only be resolved if both parties take a more critical look at how Chinese funding generates new value for African countries, allowing them to repay the investments.