Monthly Roundup: Africa

Tariq Desai


President Hifikepunye Pohamba, the outgoing president of Namibia, has won the Mo Ibrahim prize for African leadership. The prize is given each year to an elected African leader who demonstrated good governance, raised living standards and left office. Mr Pohamba will receive $5m as a result. It is only the third time the award has been claimed since it was instituted in 2007.


The World Bank’s investigation into its own project in Ethiopia has raised serious concerns, stating that the bank had violated its own policies. Human Rights Watch has called for these issues to be fully addressed.


Hundreds of boys have been abducted this month by a militia allied to the South Sudanese army in Wau Shilluk, which is in the oil-rich Upper Nile state of South Sudan. UNICEF has estimated that the Shilluk militia abducted 89 children in mid-February as they were taking exams. South Sudan’s army has said that it has demanded an explanation.

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