Editor's note

For decades debates over the ivory trade have dominated the global conference on the trade in endangered species and wild fauna and flora (CITES). This reflects huge tension between those against hunting and the trade in ivory and countries with large elephant populations that are in favour. As Duan Biggs and Matthew Holden warn, the subject has led to a host of other equally important issues being pushed off the agenda. They set out ways in which the deadlock can be broken.

Inner city developments all over the world are very often done without consulting the people who will be most affected. This is true in Africa too. But activists in Ghana have shown that it’s possible to redefine the established methods of regeneration projects. Lewis Abedi Asante observed how activists in Ghana's second largest city, Kumasi, changed the development plans for the largest open market in West Africa.

Moina Spooner

Commissioning Editor: East and Francophone Africa

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African elephant. PhotocechCZ/Shutterstock

It’s time to break the deadlock over Africa’s ivory trade: here’s how

Duan Biggs, Griffith University; Matthew H. Holden, The University of Queensland

As the ultimate custodians,it is urgent that African countries with elephants take ownership of the processes at CITES.

The Kumasi Kejetia Market is the biggest in West Africa. Lewis Abedi Asante

How activists changed the course of an inner-city project in Ghana

Lewis Abedi Asante, Humboldt University of Berlin

Governments should change their approach by deepening collaboration with citizens to ensure delivery of urban infrastructure

Politics + Society

What student teachers learn when putting theory into classroom practice

Nhlanhla Mpofu, University of the Free State

Student teachers saw certain incidents in their classrooms as a learning process that caused them to act, respond and reflect so they could maintain quality teaching.

How a rural community hopes to retain spiritual life undermined by western ways

Chioma Ohajunwa, Stellenbosch University

The Bomvana say the global development agenda has created division because it sees people as individuals rather than primarily as members of a collective.

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