AfricaSourceSep 24, 2021
Make way for Wakanda: The UN Security Council needs an African seat
By Rama Yade
The Security Council was built on the principle of sovereignty and equality of all nations. Its democratization and reformation are overdue—and must consider Africa.
ReportOct 23, 2020
States on the cusp: Overcoming illicit trade’s corrosive effects in developing economies
By Mark Shaw, Tuesday Reitano, Simone Haysom, Peter Tinti
The report “States on the cusp” explores the complex ways in which the illicit trade in otherwise licit goods (including alcohol, pharmaceuticals, luxury goods, cigarettes, electronics, and much more) threatens the stability, security, and prosperity of vulnerable states around the world, especially in the Global South. This groundbreaking study at the nexus of illicit trade, organized crime, and official corruption proposes actionable solutions for combating illicit trade and bringing states back from the cusp of functionality.
Blog PostAug 20, 2020
#DFRLabCoffeeBreak with Bhekisisa Centre for Health Journalism, Aisha Abdool Karim
DFRLab's Research Assistant, Tessa Knight sits down with Aisha Abdool Karim, journalist for the Bhekisisa Centre for Health Journalism to discuss South Africa's fight against COVID-19 and the disinformation surrounding it.
AfricaSourceJun 24, 2020
Pandemic policing: South Africa’s most vulnerable face a sharp increase in police-related brutality
By Katie Trippe
South Africa is one of several nations facing an international outcry over increases in COVID-19 related violence against civilians by security forces bent on enforcing quarantine measures. Since South Africa instituted a country-wide lockdown on March 27, the number of violent incidents by police against civilians has reportedly more than doubled with poor and vulnerable populations most affected.
AfricaSourceMay 1, 2020
The “shadow pandemic” of gender-based violence
By Joanne Chukwueke
While lockdowns and social distancing measures have been essential in the battle against the coronavirus pandemic, they have also produced unintended consequences: increased rates of domestic violence. As COVID-19 spreads in African countries, demand for support services for victims of gender-based violence continues to rise.
AfricaSourceApr 8, 2020
Using Google reports to estimate Africa’s response to COVID-19: A compilation of the data
By Neil Edwards
Google's newly released mobility reports provide statistical breakdowns by country of residents’ mobility to a variety of common locations including retail and recreation spaces, grocery stores, transit stations, places of work, and residences. This blog pursues a deep dive of the data, remarking on Africa's varied responses.
AfricaSourceApr 7, 2020
Using Google reports to estimate Africa’s response to COVID-19: Key findings
By Luke Tyburski
On April 2, Google published community mobility reports, showing how different countries and regions are adapting their movements to the coronavirus. By graphing this data, we get a unique glimpse into the state and diversity of African responses.
AfricaSourceMar 24, 2020
COVID-19 pandemic: In a nation of extreme inequality, South Africa’s poorest are most at risk
By Alyssa Harvie
A major economy and transit hub, South Africa will be greatly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. But not all South Africans will be affected equally: nearly thirty years after apartheid, South Africa is still plagued by deep societal divides. As one of the most unequal nations in the world, the virus will affect strata of society very differently.