Hannah Edmonds

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African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights: Demonstrating a Firmer Stance?

The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights has issued a decision to hold the government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo responsible for the massacre of over 70 people in Kilwa, recommending: i) that the government provide compensation of US $2.56 million to eight victims and their families (the largest sum that the … Continue Reading

Top 5 Business And Human Rights Concerns For Companies To Monitor

Businesses are being bombarded with information about their global human rights and other nonfinancial responsibilities, and are under growing pressure to publicize their efforts in that regard. Below we outline five key developments that business should be actively monitoring in a rapidly evolving landscape. 1.“Hard” Legal Obligations Governmental efforts to force transparency are intended to … Continue Reading

UK Rules Prompt Businesses to Report on Slavery in their Supply Chains

According to the 2016 Global Slavery Index, an estimated 45.8 million men, women and children around the world are ensnared in some form of modern slavery, which includes slavery, servitude, forced labor and human trafficking. Sub-Saharan Africa is particularly vulnerable to this scourge: Estimates of modern slavery in Sub-Saharan Africa accounted for approximately 14 percent … Continue Reading

Retail Distribution in Africa: Challenge and Opportunity

The economy in Sub-Saharan Africa continues to grow.  A handful of the 10 fastest growing economies in the world are in Africa, it has the world’s greatest population of young people and the number of middle class consumers – estimated to be 350 million – is booming. With such a growing, promising market, comes great … Continue Reading

Planning Ahead to Arbitration – Important Considerations for Investors

  As foreign investment into Sub-Saharan Africa continues to grow, inevitably, so does the risk of disputes arising between commercial parties. The potential benefits of arbitration in settling a commercial dispute, including procedural flexibility and neutrality, are well known (read more from the ICC here). This post provides an introduction to the relevance of arbitration … Continue Reading

UN Leaders Advocate Channeling Investment into Development Needs

At a recent event focused on the promotion of investment in Africa, top UN officials lent their voices to a message that has gained a consensus of opinion: trade and investment are crucial to achieving the development objectives across the African continent. In remarks about the “dynamism and promise” of a continent where overall growth … Continue Reading

IPOs on African Stock Exchanges: The Next Trend?

Opportunities for companies looking to go public in Africa are expanding. Whereas a decade ago, there were only a handful of African stock exchanges, there are now at least 23. While many of them remain relatively small and dominated by a few large companies, interest from both foreign and domestic companies is rising.   Historically, many … Continue Reading

Change in the Wind: 2014 EU-Africa Summit

At the fourth EU-Africa Summit held earlier this month under the banner, “Investing in People, Prosperity and Peace,” Heads of State from the two continents reaffirmed their commitment to objectives set forth in the  Joint Africa- EU Strategy (JAES), including moving away from a traditional relationship to forge a real partnership characterised by equality and the pursuit of common … Continue Reading
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