African leaders in the Sahel – the coast-to-coast belt of countries just south of Libya – are afraid that Libya's unrest will disrupt the region's balance of power and put arms in the hands of rebel militias.
President-elect Alassane Ouattara asked the United Nations this week to provide 'legitimate force' to protect civilians, but Ivory Coast is unlikely to receive the kind of international military intervention currently underway in Libya.
Successful elections signal that Niger's democratic transition is going well, but incoming president Mahamadou Issoufou will face a number of challenges: drought, famine, and Libya fallout, to name a few.
While 'naming and shaming' tactics are gaining momentum in the fight against Congo's conflict minerals, they won't be enough if the trade just shifts to India and China.
Beginning April 15, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) will demand that oil and mining companies reveal all payments made to foreign governments. Top companies want exemptions in West Africa.
Violence in towns along Sudan's north-south border has prompted a flurry of accusations that are setting a poor stage for the country to peacefully split this summer.
The last six of 45 Zimbabwean detainees arrested last month for watching a video about the Egypt and Tunisia uprisings were released on bail today.
Like other sub-Saharan African countries such as Uganda, Burkina Faso’s government seems nervous about the possibility of a protest movement gaining steam.
South Sudan's army is waging a war against a rebel militia. The UN peacekeeping mission has stepped aside to allow the operation to unfold – potentially at a cost to civilians caught in crossfire.
Nigeria's incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan received an endorsement from a prominent northern politician that could be critical for the southern-born candidate in the April 9 presidential election.
Nigeria's Muslim and Christian politicians play up their religious background in campaigns, but actual religious figures running for office have been relatively mum on the issue.
At a House subcommittee hearing, Ben Affleck and Enough Project founder John Prendergast said the US needs to make a stronger commitment to ending the conflict in Congo by appointing a special envoy.
Conflicting reports about what South African President Jacob Zuma said to Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi highlight South Africa's comparatively docile response to Qaddafi's violence against rebels.
The Kenyan suspects, four of them members of the government, are requested to appear at The Hague April 7 on charges of organizing ethnic clashes after the 2007 presidential election.
Rupu, launched in December in Kenya, is based on the same business idea as the US hit Groupon – group buying that gets lower prices for consumers and more recognition for businesses.
Since the unrest that has swept the Arab world began in January, many of West Africa's leader nations have been distancing themselves from the crumbling regimes to their north.
In light of International Women's Day, The Enough Project is honoring women working to end atrocities in Africa. Today they introduce Lynn Nottage, whose play "Ruined" tells the world about rape in the Congo.