Five years after Cote d’Ivoire’s 2011 post-election crisis came to a bloody end, the trial of former First Lady Simone Gbagbo for crimes against humanity is set to open this month in Abidjan—a first for an Ivoirian court. Yet justice and human rights advocates are hardly rejoicing.
Earlier this year, the U.S. Congress passed the Electrify Africa Act, which continues funding for “Power Africa,” an initiative aiming to expand power-generation capabilities across the continent. In an email interview, Ilmi Granoff discussed the state of Power Africa and power generation in Africa.
Most observers of the DRC believe President Joseph Kabila intends to disregard a constitutional term limit and cling onto power past November, potentially unleashing serious violence. This means there will be a major crisis in the country before the end of 2016, and nobody knows what to do about it.