You should know

At least 21 people were killed, 40 wounded and dozens of houses burned in recent attacks aimed at Hutus in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. The UN says it is, “alarmed by reports of escalating inter-communal violence” in the area which has seen renewed ethnic tensions since Congo’s army launched a military offensive last year against the Rwandan Hutu-rebels with the FDLR (VOA News).

A group of African special operations forces are beginning a counter-terrorisim training program in Thies, Senegal due to “rising signs” of collaboration between Islamist militant groups in northern Africa and the Sahel. The US-led Flintlock trainings will bring together around 1,700 special operation forces in the region from more than 30 participating countries to improve intelligence sharing and increase cooperation between military forces and local police (Reuters Africa).

ICYMI US President Barack Obama has signed the Electrify Africa Act into law. The new law is an effort to develop more public private partnerships that will bring affordable access to electricity to more than 50 million people living in Africa (M&G Africa). Read more about Thione Niang, co-founder of the Akon Lighting Africa project in our Q&A from last week’s Power Africa Summit.

Big Ideas

Perez Tigidam (@pereztigidam) sat down with Harvard’s Professor Calestous Juma (@calestous) to talk IoT’s impact on sustainable development in Africa and learn why he believes the 4th industrial revolution is a “mischaracterization” (The Verve Africa).

Biz Dev

Nigerian e-commerce startup, Africa Internet Group (AIG) as it raises $83 million to ‘support all points of its business model aimed at expanding e-commerce services across Africa’s core economies’. The AIG network is owned by Germany’s Rocket Internet and offers a range of online services including, real estate, jobs, travel, and transportation (TechCrunch).

Matters of Opinion

As part of a series on Challenging Conventions and Thinking Beyond Investment at the 2016 LSE Africa Summit, Samuel Baker argues African countries should replicate Rwanda’s model of performance contracts to, ‘fight corruption and boost investment and economic growth’ (Africa at LSE) while Judi Rever (@JudiRever) recently spoke with Anjan Sundaram (@anjansun), author of Bad News: Last Journalists in a Dictatorship, about, ‘violence and repression in Kagame-led Rwanda and the dark side of supposed symbols of progress’ (Hazlitt).

And Justice for All…

Prosecutors at the International Criminal Court are giving the ‘green light’  for the the 1st full investigation outside of Africa into crimes allegedly committed in Georgia during the 2008 Russia-Georgia war but Oumar Bar (@OumarKBa) sees other recent developments at the ICC and thinks, ‘Africa is still front and center at The Hague’ (Africa is a Country).

Identity & Culture

History 101: Dynamic Africa (@DynamicAfrica) is creating a multimedia database that ‘highlights and archives the ways in which African lives were affected by a war they had no agency in’, through The World War I in Africa Project. “Because what happens in Africa should be told around the world” (Dynamic Africa).


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