Independence buys freedom

Botswana Unravels: Unmasking Africa’s democracy poster child

It seemed too good to be true. A diamond-rich, corruption-free, democratic, prosperous, and peaceful African country with a tradition of peaceful transfer of presidential power (the incumbent president voluntarily leaves office a year before the next general election). It was.


Botswana’s bubble bursts as economic decline sets in

Too many mines, too little to show for them – that is Botswana’s problem. Diamonds, copper, nickel – all have been hard hit by falling world resource prices, and for the first time since independence, the country historically seen as one of Africa’s success stories is confronting real economic decline. By Joel Konopo for INK.


Why non-profit newsroom is the future of journalism

There is need for an independent press that has the economic strength to stand up to the blandishment of government, writes Joel Konopo


Botswana in the grip of bad

Africa’s model democracy is sliding into a monocracy that is punishing the media, argues Joel Konopo.