ON December 17, 2010, young Tunisian street vendor Mohamed Bouazizi set himself alight in front of the local governor’s office in an ultimate attempt to denounce corruption and injustice in his country. This act of despair triggered the Arab Spring. Eight years later, despite the government’s sustained efforts, corruption seems to be more prevalent in Tunisia than it was under former president …
Islamic State in West Africa digs wells, provides some basic healthcare, has a judicial system in and a tax regime that’s generally accepted – creating an environment where people can do business.
In the oil-producing Niger Delta south, and – less reported but often the most deadly – there’s spiralling violence between pastoralist Fulani herders and local farmers in the northwest.
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.
Today, both Sisi and the Egyptian people are in a considerably less jubilant mood. Food is more expensive than ever, and inflation still running at more than 20%