Rwanda’s leader is Solomon and Saddam

Paul Kagame wants to forge a sense of national identity from the ashes of genocide

Bad times send Africa back to the IMF

The fund is less hell-bent on pushing neoliberal medicine down recipients’ throats

Ingram Pinn cartoon depicting Kenya's Silicon Savannah

Kenyans start to roam Silicon Savannah

The country has had to rely on ingenuity, not commodities, to keep ticking over

The problem that justice has in Africa

The ICC has failed to punish anyone in connection with violence in Kenya

ICC drops charges against Kenya’s Ruto

Ruling means no one has faced trial for election violence that left 1,200 people dead

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Nigeria’s battle against graft has a way to go

President Buhari’s drive is laudable but he has to tackle the underlying causes of corruption

African states remain at elites’ mercy

The running costs of Liberia’s legislature soak up more than a tenth of government revenue

In Africa, the numbers game matters

The only thing we know about African economies is that we do not know much at all

Even good leaders must know when to quit

Holding on means hollowing out the institutions on which the future must be built

South Africa’s rainbow starts to fade

The only solution is a radical overhaul of an education system that has failed the black majority

‘Will Africa Feed China?’, by Deborah Brautigam

Chinese influence across the African continent may be growing but there is little evidence of a massive state-sponsored land grab

Celebrate the rise of flawed, febrile China

We should celebrate its rise to the second-largest economy

The fiction of unified, harmonised Asean

The bloc favours consensus. Its lack of overarching ambition is a strength as well as its weakness

India cannot take growth for granted

Reform is slow and the country lags behind peers in healthcare, literacy and women’s rights

China’s most powerful weapon is trade

Commercial tussles are less dramatic than scraps in the South China Sea but may be more important

Beijing cannot control babies or banks

The party’s repressive instincts risk hampering both society and the economy

Beijing presses its narrative on the world

China wants to say that its time is coming and that other nations must adjust accordingly

Elections in Myanmar are a beginning

Greater freedom has brought unexpected side effects and festering tensions have emerged

‘Anyone but China’ club needs a gatecrasher

The TPP constrains state economic power in ways that seem almost designed with Beijing in mind

Xi must yield power to the private sector

If he was clamping down politically to prepare for economic liberalisation it has not happened


David Pilling David Pilling is the Africa editor of the Financial Times. He was previously Asia editor and also formerly Tokyo Bureau Chief for the FT from January 2002 to August 2008. His column ranges over business, investment, politics and economics.

He joined the FT in 1990. He has worked in London as an editor, in Chile and Argentina as a correspondent and covered the global pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry.

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