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The conversation needs to change when it comes to migration and Africa, replacing the narrative about an exodus out of the continent to one about people moving to other countries within the continent. The difference matters. Evidence shows that most African migrants (more than half) remain on the continent. Recent surveys also show that of the 37% of Africans who have considered migrating, almost half wish to remain on the continent. An overwhelming majority wish to seek economic opportunities elsewhere on the continent. So, what is being done to support the ambition of many Africans with respect to labor migration…
What are the costs and benefits of free movement in Africa - a visa free travel for Africans across the continent is real and possible in our life time - suggests a new study by the IOM and the AU. READ MORE Credit & Article Source: International Organization for Migration
The year 2018 will be remembered as a landmark year for high level policy action on anti-corruption. Previous commentary on the topic can be found here, here and here. Notable is the dedication of 2018 by the African Union (AU) as the African Anti-Corruption Year on the theme “Winning the Fight Against Corruption: A Sustainable Path to Africa’s Transformation” The dedication of 2018 as the African Anti-Corruption Year closely follows the 24th Ordinary Summit of the AU which also considered the report of the High Level Panel on Illicit Financial Flows (IFF’s) and adopted a declaration on IFF’s. The report…
Speakers from the AU discuss how to strengthen the role and synergies between AGA and APSA. (Credit: Institute for Security Studies)
Saturday, 18 February 2017 15:53

Addressing the scourge of corruption in Africa: Video

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Watch this informative video on tackling the scourge that is Corruption in Africa.
The Panama Papers’, a data leak of client documents belonging to Panama-based law firm Mossack Fonseca, were exposed by German newspaper, SüddeutscheZeitung, in conjunction with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ). These controversial documents haveraised some ethical and legal questions around financial disclosure and transparency; and the role of tax haven jurisdictions in the facilitation of tax evasion, trade-based money laundering, organised crime, illicit financial flows (IFFs) and other issues of grave concern to the international community. Although holding ownership of a shell company or an offshore account, in most cases is not unlawful, some negative practices have come…
One just needs to look at the newspaper headlines across Africa to see the continent’s struggle with corruption: South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, all have seen corruption and bribery rise recently. According to the latest Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index, “not a single country, anywhere in the world, is corruption-free”. But in sub-Saharan Africa, people in 40 out of 46 countries think theirs has a serious corruption problem. Africa has lost over USD 1 trillion to illicit financial flows over the last 50 years, as reported the African Union’s high level panel on illicit financial flows (IFFs), led by South Africa’s…
The migration crisis in Europe has brought to the fore divergence of opinion and strategies on how to address global challenges of our time. Europe’s reaction with consternation at the ‘invasion’ of its shores by outsiders is hardly surprising to curious observers of geopolitics. What could one expect with the heightened rise of rightwing political rhetoric and sentiment that is gaining traction across Europe and spreading to North America? BREXIT is a useful data point on the limitations of regional integration that has citizens as observers rather than its drivers. Are the emerging fears from the migration crisis unfounded or…

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