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Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

Margaret Mead, Cultural Anthropologist and Author

Trade Zone Connecting 1.2 Billion Africans Moves Ahead, Despite Covid-19

Even if the pandemic continues into 2021, the African Continental Free Trade Area will move ahead, a top official says. Read More
By Prinesha Naidoo and Manus Cranny

The Stakes in Africa

Is a united Africa, freed from the legacy of colonialism, possible? The Pan-African movement has been advocated by many different voices, underpinned by a belief in the common destiny of the peoples of Africa. Read More

By Hakim Adi, History Today


On June 29, during its virtual 28th Extraordinary Session, the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) swore in four new Commissioners who will begin six-year terms. They are: Marie Louise Abomo (Cameroon), Mudford Zachariah Mwandenga (Zambia), Ndiamé Gaye (Senegal), and Alexia Gertrude Amesbury (Seychelles).The Commissioners were appointed during the 33rd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government (the Assembly) of the African Union (AU), which took place from February 9 to 10, 2020, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Read More

UN Chief: Foreign interference in Libya at ‘unprecedented levels’

Guterres told UNSC Libya’s ‘conflict has entered a new phase with foreign interference reaching unprecedented levels. Read More

ID: SR on Human Rights in Myanmar – 22nd Meeting, 44th Regular Session Human Rights

Mapping the Coronavirus Pandemic in Africa

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) that started in Wuhan, China, is spreading across the world at an incredible speed. As confirmed cases, recoveries and fatalities grow in Africa, keep track of the numbers—and of The Elephant’s coverage below. Read More

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Do You Have Faith in Agenda 2063?

Towards a Peaceful, Prosperous & Integrated Africa

The 66th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights, 13 July to 7 August 2020

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An AU Watch Continental Conference On
"Re-Thinking African Renaissance, Pan- Africanism And Promoting Agenda 2063"


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20 – 22 February 2021

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