Andrew Panton
Andrew Panton is a freelance journalist and international development consultant based in Kinshasa, DRC. He writes on culture, travel, development and environmental issues. Previously he worked in law firms and on international development projects in China, DRC, India, and Solomon Islands. He holds a Bachelor in Law from the University of Cambridge and a Master in International Economics & Development from Sciences Po Paris. He is also an avid musician and currently plays in a Congolese afrofunk band called Capitaine Tokoss & l’Orchestre Kinsonique
Escape from Système D

Escape from Système D

Its heyday as Africa’s musical epicentre may be over, but Kinshasa’s music scene is anything but dead Dripping with sweat, I put my guitar down and hurry to join our singer at the front of the stage for the dance routine. Our rhythm section glides into another...

Where justice is measured in dollars

Where justice is measured in dollars

Kinshasa is set to become one of Africa’s largest megacities by 2030, but its land governance is in need of major reform Antoine* bought a plot of land in Kimbanseke, on the outskirts of Kinshasa, nearly 12 years ago. He used to rent out part of it to a small shop and has been developing […]

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Andrew Panton
Andrew Panton is a freelance journalist and international development consultant based in Kinshasa, DRC. He writes on culture, travel, development and environmental issues. Previously he worked in law firms and on international development projects in China, DRC, India, and Solomon Islands. He holds a Bachelor in Law from the University of Cambridge and a Master in International Economics & Development from Sciences Po Paris. He is also an avid musician and currently plays in a Congolese afrofunk band called Capitaine Tokoss & l’Orchestre Kinsonique
Learning the hard way

Learning the hard way

West Africa: lessons from Ebola Understanding why people resisted disease containment measures during Ebola outbreaks is critical in the handling of COVID-19 in DRC The first case of COVID-19 was reported in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on 10 March 2020, at a...

Escape from Système D

Escape from Système D

Its heyday as Africa’s musical epicentre may be over, but Kinshasa’s music scene is anything but dead Dripping with sweat, I put my guitar down and hurry to join our singer at the front of the stage for the dance routine. Our rhythm section glides into another...

Where justice is measured in dollars

Where justice is measured in dollars

Kinshasa is set to become one of Africa’s largest megacities by 2030, but its land governance is in need of major reform Antoine* bought a plot of land in Kimbanseke, on the outskirts of Kinshasa, nearly 12 years ago. He used to rent out part of it to a small shop and...