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Tara O’Connor

Tara O’Connor

O’Connor is MD of the pan-African consulting firm Africa Risk Consulting. She is a University of Cape Town graduate and has spent 25 years assessing Africa’s political and business environment –

Angola – taking on the oligarch-kleptocrats

19th November 2021 As Angola takes on the oligarch-kleptocrats and makes meaningful reforms, investors start to notice, but is it too late to woo voters? Rio Tinto’s signing in early October of a diamond mining investment contract for Angola’s major Chiri kimberlite concession, in Lunda Sul, is a vote of confidence... 

From Francafrique to France-Africa

22nd October 2021 That France’s special relationship with Frenching-speaking nations, known as Françafrique, is undergoing a fundamental transformation would not have been obvious at the 28th Afrique-France Summit, in Montpellier, earlier this month. Nothing of any great import happened at the summit, which has... 

Of prisons and Presidencies

24th September 2021 What links a military coup in the ‘wildest west’ of West Africa and the less media-glamorous landslide election victory in Zambia? West Africa has turned back the regional political clock to the 1970s and 1980s, when every few months some junior officer with political ambitions would oust the... 

The corrupt’s horizons are narrowing

20th August 2021 Do three significant events in the subregion signify a trend? First, although the trial of South Africa’s former president, Jacob Zuma, may have been postponed to September 9, the so-called Arms Deal corruption trial, along with that of French arms company Thales, is likely to go ahead. This,... 

Be careful what you wish for . . .

23rd July 2021 In this opinion piece, African Risk Consulting's Tara O’Connor and Raphael Korber-Hoffman review recent security developments across the African continent Two events pointing to a significant shift in pan-African security policy – and notably the battle against international Islamist extremist... 

Mining the DRC: after losing some battles, Tshisekedi is winning the war

25th June 2021 Political transitions in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) do not happen too often. When they do, they are invariably violent, and the consequences of external intervention or internal electoral manipulation and corruption.  But now, just as copper prices shoot up, the DRC looks to be... 

Kazungula: crossing into a new trade age

21st May 2021 In aimless surfing on Twitter a couple of days ago, up popped a picture of the new Kazungula crossing. The name resonates: Kazungula. One of my earliest memories of the Kazungula was of my family stuck on a rusty pontoon in the middle of the Zambezi river between Zambia and Botswana as bullets... 

It’s time to dare to plan anew

16th April 2021 A year ago, in the face of the first Covid-19 death in Egypt, I wrote that the time for governments to act was immediately and that the time for corporates to plan for a pandemic was yesterday. The arrival on the continent of millions of doses of vaccines marks a significant change in the... 

After the dust settles: Uganda post elections

19th March 2021 In this opinion piece, Africa Risk Consulting’s Tara O’Connor and Fiona Grant assess the post-election picture in Uganda, where long-serving President Yoweri Museveni won a sixth term at the helm and his ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) once again secured a huge Parliamentary majority... 

Brexit: Clowns to the left of me! Jokers to the right! Stuck . . .

19th February 2021 The most significant casualties of Brexit are the 112 000 British people who have lost their lives to Covid-19.  It was the greatest misfortune of all that they should have fallen prey to a deadly virus under a newly elected populist Prime Minister atop a government of Ministers who were selected... 

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