October 05, 2015

By Bappah Habibu Yaya

Republished from CODESRIA

Regional Economic Communities : Exploring the Process of Socio-economic Integration in Africa

‘Multiple regionalisms’ are a problem in Africa’s integration process. It refers to the existence of several sub-regional groupings whose objectives and programmes in many instances conflict, thereby complicating the processes of integration on the continent. Most countries in Africa hold membership in at least two different regional groupings (ARIA 2002). There are currently fourteen regional groupings in Africa, with eight recognized by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the African Union (AU) as the building blocks of the African Economic Community (AEC). These recognized groupings are collectively referred to as regional economic communities (RECs). They are: the Arab Maghreb Union (AMU); the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS); the Common Market of Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA); the East African Community (EAC); the Southern African Development Community (SADC); the Community of Sahel-Saharan States (CEN-SAD); the Intergovernmental Authority on Drought and Development (IGADD); and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) (Tadesse 2009). The others, such as the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU) and the Indian Ocean Commission (OIC) exist alongside, and compete with, the recognized regional groups on the continent. The multiplicity of these sub-regional groupings has caused operational problems in the governance and administration of the African integration processes. There is, firstly, the issue of dispersal of scarce diplomatic, economic and human resources. The mostly poor member states have had to contend with making commitments to these organizations.

A guest contribution by Moses Onyango and Jean-Marc Trouille.

October 3, 2015

Republished from European Notepad

In many parts of the world, geopolitics are confronted with two anti-nomic trends. On the one hand, numerous countries are engaged in a process of regional economic integration, epitomised by the more advanced model of the European Union (EU), and which requires ‘internal’ borders between participating states to become more fluid to facilitate free circulation of goods, services, capital and labour. On the other, borders are regaining momentum. Inherited from colonisation, post-war or post-cold war status quo, they no longer appear intangible. From Ukraine to Iraq, Syria, Mali, South Sudan or Nigeria, old borders are questioned, new demarcation lines appear. In Europe, the large influx of refugees has led to very different approaches across EU member states, with some overtly questioning the Schengen agreement on border free travel.

Investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas, the man behind the sting operation which uncovered vast corruption within Ghana's judicial system. (GhanaWeb)

September 23, 2015

by Clement Sefa-Nyarko    

Republished from: IPI Global Observatory

One of the foundations of Ghana’s much-touted democracy is on the verge of crumbling after 12 high court judges, 22 lower court magistrates, and over 100 judicial service personnel across the country were captured on video collecting bribes, extorting money from litigants, and negotiating the release of persons standing trial in their respective courts.[1] The West African country—governed by a single constitution since 1992, after many bouts of post-independence coup d’états and authoritarian regimes[2] —is ranked the 7th best in overall governance in Africa in the 2014 edition of the Ibrahim Index of African Governance, which credited it with very high scores on safety, rule of law, and national security. The video was premiered for public viewing on September 22, 2015.[2a].

This latest revelation smacks in the face of accountable governance and is a confirmation of increasing perceptions of corruption among the judiciary, the police, and the seat of government, according to latest Afro-barometer surveys conducted by the Centre of Democratic Governance. The barometer indicators and other forms of public grievances against the judiciary have remained speculative until now. A painstaking two-year investigation by Tiger Eye PI, an Accra-based private investigative company led by Anas Aremeyaw Anas, has made alarming revelations of massive corruption, secret justice-for-sale deals, and scheming of judges and judicial service personnel allegedly negotiating the release of criminals. These were contained in secret video recordings that have the potential to lead Ghana into an abyss of confusion and instability – the hallmark of many African countries.

By Njoki Wamai

September 25, 2015

Republished from ThisisAfrica

In admiration and loving memory of the first African woman Nobel Laureate, who passed away on September 25, 2011.

Photo: Niaje

Wangari Maathai was always there with us in our house in Kenya when I was growing up. She was there on our television screens; she was in the morning news on the radio before we went to school; and she was there in our living room as my parents’ and their visitors talked about her courage in animated yet hushed conversations.

Wangari Maathai, the strong, dark woman clad in African prints and braided hair speaking truth to power when no one dared question former Kenyan dictator Daniel Arap Moi.

By Njoki Wamai

Re-published from Daily Nation

September 11, 2015

In Summary

  • Few women can afford a mammogram for breast cancer and pap smears for cervical cancer every three years.
  • I am told gynaecology and obstetrics is one of the most profitable specialisations.
  • Quality assurance is another failing of our medical system.
  • Devolved governments should be supported in managing health.

There is a storm raging in Kenya.

We are all angry at one Mugo wa Wairimu.

How could he do that?

For years, he allegedly got away with his dubious clinics operating under the very eyes of the county government of Nairobi, the Ministry of Health Services, and the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board.

This storm will likely die down, the way all storms do in Kenya, after two weeks, but I hope that at the end of it all, he will be a guest of the State at Kamiti for many decades to come.

Will those women he allegedly raped ever recover?

Let us face it. In Kenya, gynaecological services are for the privileged few.

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