Decentralization in Algeria

Decentralization and federalism are terms usually described as twin concepts but the semantic lining is important to consider (evidently the first can come without the latter and the latter supposes the former) albeit the blending that does occur in the real world. Democracy and accountability are ‘promised’ when empowering regional and local levels of government.... Continue Reading →

Reflections: Tamanrasset Agreement

From June 1990 to January 1991, the ARLA (Armée Révolutionaire de Libération de l’Azawad) fought the Malian Armed Forces. In 1963-64 Mali was detached from a colonial enterprise. Man-made borders proved to be a great issue and this was only exacerbated with power centralized in the south. Southern Algerian localities like Bordj Badji Mokhtar and... Continue Reading →

Blida’s Silent Cry

In Bilda, a province that rubs shoulders with the Algerian capital Algiers, residents under mandatory quarantine cry from their apartment balconies, protest semolina shortages, and wait impatiently for help to arrive. Nadia Sahli moved to Meftah, Blida from Tizi Ouzou four months ago. The last thing she expected was being confined to her house, not... Continue Reading →

The Abandoned Plateaus of Algeria: Economic Destitution in the northern Sahara

Following protests in Ouargla and Laghouat, Algerian authorities brought forth decisions which aimed to promote the economic integration of unemployed youth living in the Southern region (defined by the European Training Foundation as covering 10 provinces: Adrar, Laghouat, Tamanrasset, Biskra, Bechar, Ouargla, Illizi, Tindouf, Oued Souf, and Ghardaia). In common parlance, the idea of “north”... Continue Reading →

Between the Henna Lines with Kenza

Kenza B. was born in France, but her family is from Tizi Ghenif, Tizi Wezzu, Algeria, who moved in 1997. Kenza was born in 1998 and grew up in the suburbs of southern Paris. She studies computer science, and has transformed her side henna hobby into an admirable business. "I've always loved drawing and painting,... Continue Reading →

Jbel Sheshar

I belong to the Jbel Sheshar confederation, and more specifically I am of the Banu Amrane located in Djellal. This confederation, like many others, was defined by a semi-nomadic lifestyle and strong family ties. Djellal is at the heart of Banu Amrane known not only for its zkoukou (pine seeds), honey, orchard of figs, olives,... Continue Reading →

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