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Ernest Harsch

Africa braces for global shockwaves

While serious, Africa's current economic situation is not as dire as it once might have been.

Aid to Africa in jeopardy?

According to Unctad, the rates of return on foreign investments in the continent were the highest of any developing region in 2006 and 2007.

Food prices: The people say ‘enough!’

Food riots in 2008 underscore the desperation of the poor in the face of rising hunger, but also expose public anger at unresponsive governments.

Reforming the DRC’s security forces

Five years after its war officially ended, insecurity and rights violations remain widespread in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Part of the problem lies with the army and police, which are undergoing major reform. Ernest Harsch examines the overhaul of both the police and army institutions.

Sky is the limit in China-Africa ties

Fifty years after China established its first diplomatic ties with an African country, the third summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation was held in November last year. It marked the biggest gathering to date of Chinese and African leaders. All 48 African countries that have diplomatic relations with China took part.

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