As the year draws to a close, it is normal to think back on how the year went. For those of us who work on the blog, we asked ourselves which articles our readers liked the most. We thought that you probably would like to know too! We hope you enjoy discovering a post you may have missed or rereading one you enjoyed very much. We look forward to welcoming you back in 2016!

10. #Zambia Presidential Elections: Why is it so hard to predict a potential winner? – Ahead of Zambia’s presidential by-election, LSE’s Catherine Boone and Michael Wahman look at reasons why incumbent political parties find it so hard to maintain their support in urban areas.

9. Gambian Diaspora: Signs of Separation and Symbiosis – Travelling abroad to the West may be high risk, but it is one many Gambians are prepared to take in the pursuit of better economic opportunities. In this post, LSE’s Sylvia Chant explores the routes abroad for some Gambians and how they make their way back.

8. Five reasons to think twice about the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals – LSE’s Jason Hickel critiques the new Sustainable Development Goals. He argues that the goals due to be signed at the UN Summit this week are not only a missed opportunity, but actively dangerous because they lock the global development agenda around a failing economic model.

7. Addressing Kenya-Somalia conflict and counter terrorism strategies – LSE’s Martin Namasaka argues that efforts should be made to devise policies that can bring peace to Somalia and Kenya.

6. Opposition Politics in Tanzania and Why the Country will Benefit from a Strong Unified Opposition – As opposition parties in Tanzania unite, Nicodemus Minde looks at how this new coalition could become a credible option for the country’s citizens.

5. Is urbanisation in sub-Saharan Africa divorced from economic growth? – LSE’s Martin Namasaka and Clement Kamaru argue against economic growth alone as a causal mechanism of urban growth and urbanisation in sub-Saharan Africa.

4. Rich but poor: Exorcising Africa’s resource curse – LSE’s Martin Namasaka explores how some African countries can overcome the curse of being blessed with extensive resources.

3. Long before Boko Haram, Dissenters were Driven to the Brink in Northern Nigeria –  Shobana Shankar explores parallels between Boko Haram and other marginalised groups in the history of the northern part of the country.

2. A Farewell to Africa Rising, and Other Grand Narratives on Africa – LSE’s Atta Addo discusses the impact of Ebola on the grand narrative on Africa.

1. Touched by the Pain of the Ebola Epidemic – Africa at LSE editor Syerramia Willoughby recounts how her distant sympathy for Ebola victims and their surviving families became a raw uncompromising and personal pain.

 

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