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Francophone Africa update: 15 November 2021

Tensions between Morocco and Algeria over Western Sahara. The Africa Report RFI Togo’s Covid-21 digital stimulus programme offers an innovative solution. Bloomberg The Conversation Burkina Faso: at least 20 killed in an attack in Soum province. RFI Thousands rally in DRC capital against electoral commission pick AlJazeera Poverty, hunger, and deforestation: the dire consequences of climate change in Madagascar. Africa News The Guardian Sky News Le Monde analyses jihadist groups’ videos to understand their methods in the Sahel. “Sahel : ce que les vidéos de djihadistes révèlent de leurs armes et de leurs méthodes”. Le Monde Diplomatic tensions continue between Mali and France. Political analysis by Boubacar Haidara on Afrique XXI. Documentary: “Restituer? L’Afrique en quête de ses chefs-d’œuvre” by Nora Philippe. This film addresses how African art pieces ended up in European museums and contributes to current debates about their restitutions to their countries of origin. To stream for free on Arte.tv by 26/04/2022.

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‘Schools and National Identities in French-speaking Africa’ & essential readings on Algerian Hirak

Muriam Haleh Davis and Thomas Serres have collated a set of trilingual “essential readings” about the Algerian Hirak, including academic articles, opinion pieces and key press articles. They describe this resource as a ‘first attempt to gather secondary sources discussing the revolutionary mobilization that started in Algeria in February 2019’, and point to the relevance of understanding the movement not just for North African politics but for understanding resistance and hegemony. https://www.jadaliyya.com/Details/42148 Schools and National Identities in French-speaking Africa, edited by Linda Gardelle (ENSTA Bretagne, France) and our colleague at Portsmouth Camille Jacob, brings together research about ten different African countries to better understand the mechanisms of production and negotiation of national identities in different settings. At its heart is the need to critically investigate the concept of “the nation” as a political project, how discourses and feelings of belonging are constructed at school, and what it means for schools to be simultaneously places of learning, tools of socialisation and political battlegrounds. The first chapter, which provides an overview of the themes covered in the book, is freely available here: https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/schools-national-identities-french-speaking-africa-linda-gardelle-camille-jacob/e/10.4324/9780429288944?refId=f450fab0-d7a5-483f-a617-271b6b98b254 The US government’s move to recognise Moroccan sovereignty over the disputed territory of Western Sahara has renewed debates over the future […]

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