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What we're reading, 5 August 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.

DR Congo rivals forge government pact 7 months after polls

The East African reported that Congolese President, Félix Tshisekedi and his predecessor, Joseph Kabila released details of a planned coalition government. This follows six months of negotiations after the contested presidential elections in DR Congo, which took place in December.

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Interim president Ennaceur sworn in as Tunisia plans Essebsi funeral

Africa Times reported that President of the Assembly of the Representatives of the People of Tunisia, Mohamed Ennaceur was sworn in as interim President, following the death of Tunisian President, Beji Caid Essebsi.

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Why disaster readiness is critical for Africa, and what the Commonwealth is doing about it

The New Times (Rwanda) published an opinion piece by Commonwealth Secretary-General, Patricia Scotland around the critical importance of disaster readiness in Africa. Scotland argued that the impact of natural disasters such as Cyclone Idai tends to be deeper and more far-reaching in less economically developed countries. She added that climate change is heightening the risks associated with natural disasters. However, disaster risk reduction remains a low priority for international development finance. Scotland concluded by emphasising the vital importance of planning long term strategies to manage disaster risks and build resilience.

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