The Economist‘s Baobab calls the recent African Union elections – which failed to produce a new head of the organization – “a humiliating defeat” for South Africa.
At Reuters’ Africa Blog, Alex Whiting argues that emerging donors are “chip[ping] away at aid industry’s status quo.”
Until recently most emerging donors focused their aid on their own regions. Some, like India, China and Brazil, were also major recipients of international humanitarian aid.
But as their economies and political clout have grown, so too has their influence on the humanitarian aid system, which has traditionally been dominated by the mostly Western members of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s Development Assistance Committee (DAC).
The piece has an interesting snapshot of Turkey’s humanitarian activities in Somalia.
The State Department’s Dipnote highlights the work of fourteen activists in the Horn of Africa diaspora community.
Aly-Khan Satchu on “South Sudan’s Oil Cutoff.”
Kim Yi Dionne promotes the University of Oregon’s new “African political ephemera collection.” It looks really cool.
The BBC’s “From Our Own Correspondent” from February 2nd contains a segment on Nigeria’s Boko Haram.
Meanwhile, Nigeria’s Vanguard looks back at the chaotic month of January and what it has meant to the country.
Last but not least, Chris Blattman flags a new crimefighting initiative in Kenya that uses Twitter.
What’s on your screen today?