Africa Blog Roundup: Ethiopia, Sudan, South Sudan, Burkina Faso, and More

Alula Alex Iyasu argues that Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi’s illness is “a terrible [crisis] to waste.”

The next Prime Minister of Ethiopia should take this [economic] potential and impending leadership crisis and turn it into an opportunity – to reform and improve areas hampered by overreaching government policy and an absence of democratic institutions.  There is a golden opportunity to view the private sector as a true partner in national economic growth and not an entity to be feared and stymied. An opportunity to encourage public-private partnership as a means to raise capital for the kinds of ambitious development goals Ethiopia has outlined but lacks the funds. An opportunity to create democratic institutions with truly independent bodies that facilitate, arbitrate and encourage entrepreneurship.

Amb. David Shinn on the oil revenue sharing agreement between Sudan and South Sudan:

If the agreement is confirmed by both sides, I suggested this is a major breakthrough in resolving differences between the two sides. There are, however, at least two other issues that are preventing a reconciliation between Khartoum and Juba.

Amb. Shinn goes on to discuss citizenship and security issues.

G. Paschal Zachary on the death of Ghanaian President John Atta Mills.

Dr. Kim Yi Dionne comments on a recent news article about the deaths of African presidents.

Focus on the Horn: “What Does Ethiopia Represent in the 21st Century?”

The Economist‘s Baobab reports from Makoko, Lagos, Nigeria.

The US State Department’s Dipnote on refugees in Burkina Faso.

What are you reading today?

3 thoughts on “Africa Blog Roundup: Ethiopia, Sudan, South Sudan, Burkina Faso, and More

  1. Whether Zenawi is dead or not it doesn’t suggest much good about his government if they feel too uncertain to publicly announce it sooner than this.

  2. Professor Alula’s comments are worthy of taking to heart. There is no better dose of medicine one prescribe for Ethiopia at this time better than what he said. I hope Ethiopians heed his message and adopt it without delay whether Meles is dead or alive.. Of course, he forgot one thing, the lack of or denial unfettered access to technology which has been the engine driving many economies around the world including China and India. Under Meles, access to technology was feared instead of cherished as an asset for Ethiopia. Currently, Ethiopia ranks at the bottom of nations even in Africa in terms of access to Internet and utilization of critical development technology.


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