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The Pastor as Sexual Object

As Pentecostal pastors in a number of African countries increasingly occupy the spotlight as authorities on economic, political, and cultural matters,  Ebenezer Obadare explores how these individuals are also becoming the center of an erotic economy.

At the core of my ongoing study of Pentecostal pastors and changing forms of authority in Africa are two related premises.

First, due to a […]

March 27th, 2017|Featured, Society|0 Comments|
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    Biometrics, surveillance technologies and the rise of the ‘security state’ in South Africa

Biometrics, surveillance technologies and the rise of the ‘security state’ in South Africa

Providing biometric data as a means of identification is supposed to drastically reduce fraud and identity theft, however, many are unaware that there are a number of potential dangers for users of this technology, finds Marc Davies.

Fingerprints are among our most intimate markers of identity and we are told that no two are alike. But we can lose control over how […]

March 22nd, 2017|Featured, Society|0 Comments|
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    Enhancing Tax Collection Efficiency and Compliance in Nigeria: The role of behavioural economics

Enhancing Tax Collection Efficiency and Compliance in Nigeria: The role of behavioural economics

Eustace Uzor argues that incorporating insights from behavioural economics into the operation of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) could transform tax collection in Nigeria.

Nigeria recently increased efforts to raise tax revenues, given the permanently low oil prices. However, despite earlier tax reforms, tax revenue has remained rather low, at a tax to GDP ratio of 6.1 per cent. […]

March 20th, 2017|Economics, Featured|0 Comments|
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    Tackling Corruption in Nigeria through Public Service Reforms

Tackling Corruption in Nigeria through Public Service Reforms

Eustace Uzor examines evidence from India which suggests that employing individuals with a natural aptitude for the public sector could help reduce corruption.

There is now a consensus across all segments of the Nigerian society that corruption is the single most important cause of waste and inefficiency in the public sector. Its negative effect on public service delivery is well-known. […]

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    African Women Judges and Gender Parity on the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights

African Women Judges and Gender Parity on the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights

As the African Union keeps its pledge to promote gender parity in the African Court of Human and Peoples’ Rights, Josephine Dawuni hopes that other sub-regional courts on the continent will follow their example.

At the recently ended 28th African Union Summit, held January 22-31 2017 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the African Union has finally made good on its promise […]

March 13th, 2017|Featured, Gender|0 Comments|

In Honour of Everyday Heroes #IWD2017 #BeBoldforChange

On International Women’s Day 2017, Rochelle Burgess recalls an encounter with a mother of three in a rural village in South Africa. She contends that it is in the stories and struggles of women in such far off places where the most crucial lessons for female leadership in Africa can be found.

Nearly 10 years ago, I organised a […]

March 8th, 2017|Featured, Gender|0 Comments|
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    Why Do Women’s Rights Advance More Quickly after Major Conflict? #IWD2017

Why Do Women’s Rights Advance More Quickly after Major Conflict? #IWD2017

On International Women’s Day 2017, Aili Mari Tripp discusses insights from her research on the advancement of women’s right in postconflict societies in Africa. She argues that in many cases, the very disruptions caused by major conflicts have enabled women to mobilise and assume new roles in both the economy and politics, transforming legal, institutional, and normative frameworks along […]

March 8th, 2017|Featured, Gender|0 Comments|

The Return of the Global Gag Rule, and the Global Politics of Abortion

As International Women’s Day 2017 approaches, Alice Evans emphasises the importance of pan-African, horizontal networking and peer learning.

Read more of Alice Evans’ thoughts on this topic in an article published on 30 January 2017 on the Effective States Blog.

Dr Alice Evans (@_alice_evans) is a Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Cambridge and LSE alumna.

The views expressed in this […]

Ending Impunity in South Sudan

Rachel Ibreck and Alex de Waal argue that, despite the ongoing violence, South Sudan is not a lawless society and courts can contribute to ending the conflict.

In the course of recurrent wars, South Sudanese people have suffered numerous atrocities with little or no opportunities for accountability. The peace agreements of 1972 and 2005 had no provisions for justice. But […]

February 23rd, 2017|Conflict, Featured|2 Comments|
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    How are black majority churches growing in the UK? A London Borough case study

How are black majority churches growing in the UK? A London Borough case study

Andrew Rogers’ Being Built Together project found 240 black majority churches in Southwark, south London, the greatest concentration of African Christianity in the world outside of Africa, it is believed. Here Rogers looks at how this relates to the broader picture of church growth and decline in the UK, finding that urban religious landscapes have changed dramatically over recent […]

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