18 September 2022

Global Warming: The climate crisis is affecting Africa heavily though it has contributed very little towards causing it. The Global North needs to assume responsibility and start paying reparations – is the opinion of the new Unicef goodwill ambassador, Vanessa Nakate from Uganda.

17 September 2022

Dry vs. wet conditions worldwide: In this article, BBC presents soil moisture anomaly maps showing soil moisture between 1st of June and 31st of August 2022 in comparison to the period averages for 2001 through 2016. From these maps, it becomes obvious that Europe, the west of China, parts of sub-Saharan Africa and the USA are experiencing critically dry conditions. In as far as Africa is concerned, the dryness in the Horn of Africa region (eastern Ethiopia, northern Kenya and Somalia) will come without surprise after news of four successive rainy seasons missed and many millions at risk of famine, but Congo-Kinshasa and Uganda are also severely concerned and, a bit less severely, western Kenya and western Tanzania. On the other hand, there has been higher than normal rainfall in South Sudan, Mauritania, Senegal and parts of southern Africa, often causing flooding.

Kenya: The economy was the primary focus of Ruto’s election campaign. He promised its radical transformation. The present economic situation of the country is characterised by “debt, inflation, joblessness and national pessimism”. The article’s author advises the new president how to rekindle the economy and how to address his five priority areas in particular: 1) agriculture, 2) micro, small and medium enterprises, 3) housing and settlement, 4) healthcare, and 5) digital superhighway and creative economy.

South Africa/Colonisation: “(O)ne of the blueprints for what we now know as colonisation was commons enclosure”. The article’s author takes the Liesbeek River site (where Amazon wants to construct its South African headquarters) as an example – there, “common land and resources (…) were enclosed and claimed to serve elite interests”. Africa was collectively treated as a commons, enclosed by the colonial masters “who imposed an individualist model of ownership and wealth accumulation at the expense of indigenous people who were living off the environmental commons”.