Susan Russell
Susan Russell is the editor of Good Governance Africa’s quarterly journal, Africa in Fact. She has worked in the media industry for more than 30 years as a journalist, editor, publisher, and as a general manager. Career highlights include several years working for Business Day and more than a decade as a reporter, editor and General Manager at the Sunday Times in Johannesburg.
Editorial: Code Red for Africa – and the world 

Editorial: Code Red for Africa – and the world 

The first issue of Africa in Fact this year takes a hard look at how the decisions, agreements – and disagreements  – not to say disappointments that characterised the 26th  annual United Nations (UN) global climate summit (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland last...

Editorial: Post-covid and a brave new world

Editorial: Post-covid and a brave new world

This editorial is written from Johannesburg as the third wave of coronavirus infections subsides – even while health authorities and government are warning citizens to brace for a fourth, predicted to hit the country in November/ December this year. This scenario is not unique to the southern tip of Africa; it is a global reality. […]

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Editor’s Note: Liberated but not free

Editor’s Note: Liberated but not free

The 1950s, 60s and 70s were a heady time for Africa, as the continent broke free from the shackles of colonialism after more than a century of formal European rule following the 1884-5 Berlin Conference. Leaders in the vanguard, such Ghana’s Kwame Nkrumah, whose…

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Editor’s Note: A question of priority

Editor’s Note: A question of priority

This edition of Africa in Fact was planned early this year with no inkling that two months later the world would be engulfed by a health crisis that has not only revealed weaknesses in healthcare systems in countries both rich and poor, but has demonstrated that the difference between good and bad governance can quite […]

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Editor’s Note: Energy for Africa

Editor’s Note: Energy for Africa

The figures are staggering. Six hundred million Africans have no access to electricity, making up 75% of the world’s 789 million people who live without electricity.

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The path out of poverty

The path out of poverty

SDG 1: poverty Africa will be home to 87% of the world’s poorest people by 2030, but that shocking figure hides the real progress made by some countries By Richard Jurgens, Susan Russell and Charmain Naidoo In 2004, the former Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev told world leaders: “We are all agreed that poverty is the […]

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Editor’s Note: A battle worth fighting

Editor’s Note: A battle worth fighting

In 2003, the African Union’s Maputo Protocol set out an ambitious framework for policies that affect women across the continent. As the AU’s Lucy Asuagbor wrote in her 2017 report on progress made with regard to the Protocol, AU members have made some positive efforts – policy, institutional and legislative. But, she adds, there is […]

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Susan Russell
Susan Russell is the editor of Good Governance Africa’s quarterly journal, Africa in Fact. She has worked in the media industry for more than 30 years as a journalist, editor, publisher, and as a general manager. Career highlights include several years working for Business Day and more than a decade as a reporter, editor and General Manager at the Sunday Times in Johannesburg.
Foreword

Foreword

In an article headlined ‘While America slept, China became indispensable’, published by Foreign Policy in May this year, journalist Howard W French, an old China hand and former New York Times China bureau chief, observed that “China has spent several decades engaging...

Editorial: Code Red for Africa – and the world 

Editorial: Code Red for Africa – and the world 

The first issue of Africa in Fact this year takes a hard look at how the decisions, agreements – and disagreements  – not to say disappointments that characterised the 26th  annual United Nations (UN) global climate summit (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland last...

Editorial: Post-covid and a brave new world

Editorial: Post-covid and a brave new world

This editorial is written from Johannesburg as the third wave of coronavirus infections subsides – even while health authorities and government are warning citizens to brace for a fourth, predicted to hit the country in November/ December this year. This scenario is...

Editor’s Note: Liberated but not free

Editor’s Note: Liberated but not free

The 1950s, 60s and 70s were a heady time for Africa, as the continent broke free from the shackles of colonialism after more than a century of formal European rule following the 1884-5 Berlin Conference. Leaders in the vanguard, such Ghana’s Kwame Nkrumah, whose…

Editor’s Note: A question of priority

Editor’s Note: A question of priority

This edition of Africa in Fact was planned early this year with no inkling that two months later the world would be engulfed by a health crisis that has not only revealed weaknesses in healthcare systems in countries both rich and poor, but has demonstrated that the...

The path out of poverty

The path out of poverty

SDG 1: poverty Africa will be home to 87% of the world’s poorest people by 2030, but that shocking figure hides the real progress made by some countries By Richard Jurgens, Susan Russell and Charmain Naidoo In 2004, the former Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev told...

Editor’s Note: A battle worth fighting

Editor’s Note: A battle worth fighting

In 2003, the African Union’s Maputo Protocol set out an ambitious framework for policies that affect women across the continent. As the AU’s Lucy Asuagbor wrote in her 2017 report on progress made with regard to the Protocol, AU members have made some positive efforts...