Tourism and Conservation: A Fragile Partnership in Danger

Alex Dano sheds light on the dangerous impact of COVID-19 on Africa's safari parks, which not only provide economic stability to the region, but also protect endangered species vital to the food chain, and ultimately, our health. Africa’s safari parks offer a fair transaction: tourists are provided an intimate experience with unmatched natural wonders while Africans... Continue Reading →

Behind the Veil of Tanzania: An Exploration of Censorship in a Retreating Democracy

Katherine Hughes analyses Tanzania's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, highlighting President John Magufuli's abuse of power and widespread censorship, suggesting his filtering of information is vital in securing his reelection this month. On April 29th, 2020, the Republic of Tanzania, like all other states around the globe, filed an official report to the World Health Organization... Continue Reading →

The Erasure of Black History in British National Curriculum

Kiran Hughes expounds on the need for the decolonization of British national curricula and for the incorporation of Black and African histories within the education system.  October in the United Kingdom is Black History Month. This means that for four weeks out of the year, charities like English Heritage pull out portraits of Britain’s forgotten Black and African figures, news channels spotlight stories about Black people and events that have... Continue Reading →

Developing Compatible Financial Infrastructure within Africa’s Informal Economies

Sam Henderson proposes a three-part solution for African economies to maximize their potential by building an infrastructure centered around their informal nature. In the past, we have seen how the mere mention of growth has led to the formation of exuberant expectations causing companies to be pumped with money, inflating markets before a crash. So why have we not seen an influx... Continue Reading →

COVID-19 In Africa: Subverting Dismal Predictions

Ines Renee discusses Africa’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and how the continent appears to have avoided the grim predictions made in March.  When news of COVID-19 first began to rapidly spread in early March, scientists and journalists were quick to make predictions of Africa’s ‘impending doom’. And yet, six months later, Africa has had the lowest amount of total reported cases apart from... Continue Reading →

Misleading Aid: The Harmful Effects of Humanitarianism in Africa

 Jannah Babar ponders the possible harmful effects of humanitarian aid work within Africa, and how it can be characterized as a form of neo-colonialism.   Since their independence, African countries have been on the receiving end of foreign-humanitarian aid. Despite its altruistic perception and successful initiatives, it is becoming increasingly apparent that the concept of aid ultimately creates a dependency dialectic and, in some ways, iterates neo-colonialist undertones. Issues that aid seek to tend to, like poverty, are created and carefully moulded by economic institutions or... Continue Reading →

Before They Become Europe’s Problem: The Disregarded Lives of African Refugees and Migrants in Libya  

Kiran Hughes discusses the human rights crisis in Libya regarding the largely forgotten refugees and migrants trapped in detention centers within a nation on the brink of economic and political collapse.  Since 2015, hundreds of thousands of African migrants and refugees have traveled to Libya in the hopes of crossing the Mediterranean and resettling in Europe (Darme and Benattia 2017). While there has... Continue Reading →

The Unequal Valuation of African Art

Alex Dano highlights the extreme undervaluation and underrepresentation of African artists today and offers multiple approaches that institutions and students can take to dismantle these inequities.   A capitalist economy requires that all goods and services are assigned a monetary value—but can we trust these valuations? Instituting a monetary value on a nonfunctional object—such as art—is a contentious matter, as the... Continue Reading →

An unexpected pairing: Morocco’s forgotten history of coexistence with Jews

Livian Stokes details Morocco's rich Jewish history, and the necessity to preserve it amidst the ongoing threat of cultural amnesia.  On a windy Sunday afternoon, I wandered the narrow, curving cobblestone paths of Essaouira, Morocco’s medina. I was trailing behind a group of  Israeli Jews who had returned to Morocco to remember their roots and family history. Historical anecdotes... Continue Reading →

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