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July 18, 2023 Add to library

Current State of Food Security in Africa

This article analyzes the state of food security and nutrition in Africa. It also looks at the progress made towards the global nutrition targets.

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June 21, 2023 Add to library

Reviewing Buhari’s Administration Cash Transfer Policy 

President Muhammadu Buhari established a Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) programme as part of the broad 2016 Social Intervention Scheme, part of a key campaign promise to reduce poverty through robust social intervention. The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs emphasized the success of the CCT stating in a press brief, that since 2015, over 1 million households (7 million persons) have benefited. However, looking at the overall data, the number of Nigerians in poverty has increased, from 40.1 percent in 2015 to 45 percent in 2023. This data suggests poor households are no better off now compared to 2015. In this article, we discuss some issues and challenges for this.

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June 5, 2023 Add to library

Tigray Truce Has Not Calmed Situation in Ethiopia

Since November 2020, when armed conflict broke out, Tigrayans in Western Tigray have been subjected to torture, arbitrary detention, and forced deportation by local authorities and Amhara forces in Ethiopia's northern Tigray region. This is part of an ethnic cleansing campaign by the group to forcibly expel Tigrayans from the zone. While measures by the Ethiopian government have proven to be ineffective and less transparent. This article highlights key recommendations that could help calm the situation in Western Tigray.

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May 29, 2023 Add to library

Another Failed Attempt to End the Violence in Sudan

Several attempts have been made to reach a truce, but each has stalled out. Failing to reach a lasting truce this time punctures the relative peace present in the capital, Khartoum, and further worsens the humanitarian crisis. The biggest challenge is the fact that this power struggle pits two sizable and quasi-independent armed forces against each other. With this in mind, there are some strategies highlighted in this article that could make the warring sides come to the bargaining table in good faith.

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