An expanding democratic space and high levels of corruption also mean that al-Shabaab is able to exploit Kenya’s governance weaknesses when it comes to security.
By 2030, 32% of Africans – forecast at 548 million – are likely to live in extreme poverty. Africa is quite unequal, so growth does not translate into poverty reduction.
The lease on the only permanent US military base in Africa, Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti is $63M a year. China, building its own facility at the other end of the Gulf of Tadjoura, gets a bargain at $20M
Faki was presented as a consensus candidate who was not as “unpredictable” as either Kenya’s Mohamed or Senegal’s Bathily on key issues facing the continental body
IS’s expansion to Qandala wins symbolic and propaganda value for the small group, but also logistical advantages of an outlet to the sea, new financial sources and better connections to southern Yemen