President Muhammadu Buhari established a Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) programme as part of the broad 2016 Social Intervention Scheme, part of a key campaign promise to reduce poverty through robust social intervention. The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs emphasized the success of the CCT stating in a press brief, that since 2015, over 1 million households (7 million persons) have benefited. However, looking at the overall data, the number of Nigerians in poverty has increased, from 40.1 percent in 2015 to 45 percent in 2023. This data suggests poor households are no better off now compared to 2015. In this article, we discuss some issues and challenges for this.
Military officers in Libreville, Gabon announced control of the country after the incumbent president, Ali Bongo was declared the winner of the 26 August Presidential elections. The military officers headed by General Brice Nguema – now the transitional leader—declared themselves the Committee for the Transition and Restoration of Institutions. The announcement was met with jubilations across the country as citizens celebrated the end of the Bongo family’s 56-year rule. This article provides an an in-depth analysis of the new wave of military coups in Africa and recommendations to restore faith in democracy on the continent.
This newsletter edition provides a brief update on the Sudan Conflict. It highlights the current situation in the country since fighting broke out between the rival forces in mid-April and also provides recommendations to resolve the conflict.