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Borama Information

Borama (Somali: Boorama, Arabic: بوراما‎), also known as Borame, is the capital and the largest city of the northwestern Awdal of Somaliland, a self-declared republic internationally recognized as an autonomous region of Somalia. The commercial seat of the province, it is situated near the border with Ethiopia.. It is situated in the Woqooyi Galbeed province. […]

Africa Debt Rising

The developmental benefits of governments taxing citizens, even for modest sums, are often disregarded. African governments have long depended on revenue from natural resources or foreign aid to fund budgets. While the potential contribution that better domestic resource mobilisation could make to national finances has received greater attention since the 2008 global financial crisis, international […]

South Africa’s ‘Teflon president’ survives another day, but scandal will stick eventually

As South African satirist Tom Eaton put it on Twitter, asking parliament to impeach the president was like asking hyenas if they wanted to stay huddled round the carcass. There was only ever one possible answer, and the National Assembly duly delivered it on Tuesday, comprehensively rejecting the opposition’s motion to remove Jacob Zuma. South […]

Debt and corruption in Tanzania

On 30 November 2015, a landmark judgment saw Standard Bank fined US$25.2 million and ordered to pay the government of Tanzania US$7 million in compensation for allegedly failing to prevent bribery. Nick Branson considers whether this level of reparations is appropriate, and how those implicated might be held to account for their actions. Many Tanzanians […]

State(s) of crisis: sub-national government in Nigeria

In Nigeria’s March 2015 presidential election, the incumbent peacefully conceded defeat and transferred power to an opposition party for the first time since the end of military rule in 1999. Nigeria has the largest economy in Africa, generating about 20% of the continent’s total GDP, and transfers a far greater proportion of resources to sub-national […]

Egypt-Saudi Arabia bridge will connect Africa to Asia

Saudi King Salman announced Friday an agreement with Egypt to build a bridge over the Red Sea connecting the two countries, on the second day of his visit to Cairo. The Saudi monarch made the announcement in televised comments after meeting Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.  “I agreed with my brother, his Excellency President Abdel […]

The Panama Papers’ growing impact on Africa

While no African official has yet resigned as a result of the Panama Papers, African journalists involved in the investigation say they have given Africans a wake up call and could even lead to government action. The twin sister of DRC’s leader Joseph Kabila twin sister, the nephew of South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma and […]

$900 million village with LEDs, Spas, and no cars

Cape Town will soon be home to a luxury eco-friendly village with no cars and sustainable technologies. The project, thought to be the first of its kind on the continent, has been designed by architecture firm Swisatec. The R14 billion ($900 million) development will rise on the existing Blue Rock Resort in Somerset West, an area […]