Recent civil conflicts in Sudan, including in Darfur, have commonly been explained as clashes between competing ethnic groups. Pamela Paglia argues that this concentration on ethnicity as the primary cause for conflicts in Africa underestimates the complexity of African societies and politics.
There are many unresolved problems in Nigeria, but the issue of the upsurge of corruption is troubling. And the damages it has done to the polity are astronomical, explains Victor Dike
While the promotion of human rights is important everywhere in the world, emphasis should also be given the concept of human responsibility. Kenneth Mwenda argues that in less individualistic societies, such as those in Africa and Asia, the promotion of social and individual responsibilities - for both the state and the individual - can help bring about a social order that may provide appropriate moral and ethical incentives necessary for social development.
"asks Sola Akinrinade. There is more to democracy than the holding of periodic elections, he says.
The future of Kenya is in a precarious balance, writes Michael Mundia Kamau. There is little consolation in the anticipated resumption of donor funding. The country's problems go beyond government and are about a people with no direction and no will to change.
As political democracy is strengthened with economic democracy, the need for government intervention to ensure the proper functioning of free markets and to deal with tendencies towards instability will increase not decrease. Markets will guide government, and economic policies will guide the markets in a dynamic interaction that should only increase our well being, writes Dennis Odife.
The main cause of bad governance in African nations is not the ignorance of African leaders or inadequate infrastructure but the control of the state by predator elites argues Tunde Obadina
Professor Bolaji Akinyemi, former Nigerian foreign minister, urges Africans to take the initiative in defining African problems and defining African solutions to those problems.