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US Position on Presidential Term Limits in Africa

AFJN team Nicole Joseph and Bazemo meeting on Capitol HillPhoto of AFJN team, Nicole, Joseph and Bazemo meeting on Capitol Hill

Posted on July 11, 2014

by Jacques Bahati

On July 9, 2014, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of African Affairs, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, addressed the widespread modification of national constitutions by African leaders to enable them to constitutionally remain in power for life.

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Crisis in South Sudan: an analysis by the Vice Chancellor of the Catholic University in South Sudan

 Fr Mathew Pagan   

An Interview by Barthelemy Bazemo, Policy Analyst

South Sudan became the world's youngest nation on July 9, 2011, following a referendum to be independent from Sudan. But the excitement over its independence did not last long because fighting soon erupted on December 15, 2013 over disagreement between President Salvar Kiir and his former vice-president Riek Machar. Fr. Mathew Pagan, Vice chancellor (president) of the Catholic University of South Sudan was in Washington D.C. in June 2014 for talks with various partners, donor agencies and stakeholders involved in higher institutions of learning and especially those interested in the current stalemate in his country. He is from Malakal diocese that covers the states of the Upper Nile, Jonglei and Unity. This area is by far the most affected by the conflict. While in Washington, he granted the following interview to Africa Faith & Justice Network highlighting his analysis of the situation and the possible ways out of the crisis. Download PDF file

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African Union Chooses Criminal Immunity Over Agriculture

Posted July 3, 2014
 
On June 20-27 of this year the African Union met in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, for its 23rd Ordinary Session. The theme for this year, “2014, the Year of Agriculture and Food Security,” indicates that Africa looks to focus on meeting the nutritional needs of the African people and possibly becoming a major food supplier to the world. Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, the Chairwoman of the African Union Commission, stated:

“The theme debate must see us recommit to the overarching CAADP targets of raising investment and productivity in agriculture. We must also put in place the concrete actions we must take as countries, regions and the continent to stimulate agribusiness value chains, identifying which specific agricultural products this should be, and where. It requires renewed focus on irrigation and seed development; women’s access to land, inputs and markets; and the infrastructure to store products and move them to markets, inside and outside the continent.”

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