French soldiers patrol in armoured personnel carriers during the Barkhane operation in northern Burkina Faso in 2019. Michele Cattani/AFP via Getty Images

France in the Sahel: a case of the reluctant multilateralist?

More than 20 years after the shift from unilateralism to multilateralism, it is reasonable to wonder how multilateral France’s ‘new interventionism’ really is.
Census enumerators in Nairobi, Kenya. Countries need to collect comparable statistics about populations. SIMON MAINA/AFP via Getty Images

Flaws in the collection of African population statistics block COVID-19 insights

The governments of several African countries have been reporting counts of confirmed cases, recoveries and deaths related to COVID-19, without a breakdown by age and sex.
A woman walks past a market stall in Kliptown, Soweto.

South Africa needs better food price controls to shield poor people from COVID-19 fallout

We highlight the distressing rise in the prices of essential food products. We call for the urgent expansion of price controls, as well as an inquiry into the price-setting of major retailers.
Government should be held accountable for its role in addressing obesity and diet-related diseases, such as type 2 diabetes, in South Africa. Shutterstock

How South African food companies go about shaping public health policy in their favour

The food industry's tactics are designed to reduce the likelihood of the government adopting global recommendations to tackle obesity.

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