What we’re reading, 15 July 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.
Africa’s youth are making their voices heard
The Africa Report published an opinion piece on youth political engagement in Africa as part of their new series, “The youth-driven wave in Africa.” The piece argued that, although young people are less engaged in traditional politics than their older peers, there are several powerful youth-level movements across the continent. The piece explored youth protest movements in Sudan, South Africa, Ethiopia and Sudan, to show how this alternative form of political engagement can effectively influence policy and governance.
African leaders officially launch operational phase of AfCFTA
GhanaWeb reported that the operational phase of the African Continental Free Trade Area agreement was officially launched at the Extraordinary Summit of the African Union Heads of State and Government in Niamey, Niger.
‘Terminator’ warlord guilty of Congo atrocities
The International Criminal Court has convicted Congolese former rebel leader, Bosco Ntaganda of war crimes and crimes against humanity. Ntaganda has been charged with overseeing the slaughter of civilians by his soldiers in DR Congo between 2002 and 2003.