Rwanda today looks to the future – but it needs the international community to assist it, not just with financial or trade deals, with manufacturing expertise or manpower training.  It needs its friends abroad to fight hard to root out from their own shores those who continue to harbour genocide denial ideology and to take zero tolerance towards perpetrators, argues Andrew Wallis

It is clear that for Africa, access to electricity is most crucial to its development through the creation of jobs that will lift people out of poverty. Young people in Africa are at a loss as to what to do with their lives because they do not have jobs to keep them occupied – thus driving them into the hands of extremists or people smugglers, says Desmond Davies

The new foreign policy framework announced by the Kenyan government focuses on Africa. But the country has not been able to assert its influence in sorting out the bitter political conflicts in Burundi and South Sudan. To fulfil the aspirations contained in its Africa-focused foreign policy, Kenya has to seize this moment and lead from the front, argues Sylvanus Wekesa

With the ongoing atrocities in Syria, Yemen, Iraq, South Sudan and elsewhere, this is not the right time to abandon the International Criminal Court. Rather, States and non-State members should reaffirm their commitment to strengthen the Rome Statute and ensure accountability for these horrendous crimes, argues Adama Dieng  

African elites or public intellectuals have in the past failed to bring about the required development in Africa, argues Kafui Tsekpo. But in the post-2015 era, he says there is a need for a new generation of these elites with sufficient knowledge and willingness to take on the current development challenges of the continent

The euphoria that greeted the upsurge in democratisation in the 1990s seems to have waned across the continent in recent years. In the early 1990s, there was a strong belief that democracy would not only expand basic rights, it would also improve citizen choices and governmental policy making, stimulate stagnant economies, and lift people out of poverty. Yusuf Bangura suggests some ways of overcoming the inequalities and gaps in democratic governance

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