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Reading List: Most popular blog posts of 2018

As the final few hours of 2018 dwindle away, let’s look back at 2018 and discover the best-read Africa@LSE blog posts of the year.

 

Transformation euphoria in the Horn of Africa – As political transformation occurs across the Horn of Africa at an unprecedented pace, Abukar Arman provides a comprehensive analysis of the rapidly changing situation.
The unenviable situation of Tigreans […]

Notes from the Field: Beginning a new research project

Pat Stys and Tom Kirk discuss the challenges of designing a new research project examining water governance in Goma, the Democratic Republic of the Congo. 

This article is part of the #PublicAuthority blog series, part of the ESRC-funded Centre for Public Authority and International Development. 

In early 2018, Mercy Corps DRC representatives approached LSE CPAID researcher Pat Stys to conduct research on […]

When is Going with The Grain Making the Problem Worse?

In order to realise change, development practitioners sometimes make compromises with groups that do not always share the same ideals.  Following a recent workshop on social accountability, Tom Kirk and Annette JE Fisher reflect on the discussions held and ask when, and how, ‘going with the grain’ can make a problem worse.

 This article is part of the #PublicAuthority blog […]

Notes from the Field: Mob justice in Gulu

Julian Hopwood writes about an unsettling event on the field that led him to reflect on mob justice and the complicated moral and political territory it finds itself.

There was a strong smell of petrol in my car one morning back in March. I was worried that it might be a leak, before I realised what it was.

Mob justice in […]

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    What crop theft in northern Uganda tells us about relations between investors and communities

What crop theft in northern Uganda tells us about relations between investors and communities

In the Acholi sub-region of northern Uganda, commercial farmers are experiencing an increasing theft of maize. Arthur Owor and Carolin Dieterle explore the underlying reasons for this and draw attention to the need for more meaningful collaboration between investors and host communities.

This article is part of the #PublicAuthority blog series, part of the ESRC-funded Centre for Public Authority and International Development. 

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  • Permalink Researcher Papy Muzuri gives up his Sunday relaxation to prepare for an upcoming CPAID workshop 
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    Notes from the Field: Dealing with Obstacles during Workshop Preparation

Notes from the Field: Dealing with Obstacles during Workshop Preparation

Written in advance of the CPAID Workshop in Mombasa, Papy Muzuri Batumike, Samuel Keith Muhindo Balume and Patrycja Stys, give an intimate insight into the challenges of workshop preparation while in the field.

This article is part of the #PublicAuthority blog series, part of the ESRC-funded Centre for Public Authority and International Development. 

Ahead of the CPAID workshop in Mombasa, Kenya, 5-8 September 2018, […]

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    Neither Education not Impact: Why are Universities and Higher Education Institutes springing up all over Eastern DR Congo?

Neither Education not Impact: Why are Universities and Higher Education Institutes springing up all over Eastern DR Congo?

This article is part of the #PublicAuthority blog series, part of the ESRC-funded Centre for Public Authority and International Development. 

Institutes of higher education and universities are mushrooming across not only Goma, but all of DRC’s North Kivu Province. Samuel Keith Muhindo Balume and Papy Muzuri Batumike ask why graduates of these new institutions are not achieving the success of their […]

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    The Global Marginalisation of the African Academy from an African Perspective

The Global Marginalisation of the African Academy from an African Perspective

Charles Ogeno calls for an expansion in capacity-building programmes as a way of addressing the resource inequality which is at the heart of the decolonising the academy debates.

This article is part of the #PublicAuthority blog series, part of the ESRC-funded Centre for Public Authority and International Development. 

With a theme of “Shifting Boundaries and Knowledge Production,” the Africa in the World […]

Mind the Billboards: The Paradox of Paternalism in Burundi

Astrid Jamar continues her analysis of the prominence of aid billboards in Burundi and how these contribute to colonial continuities which in turn shape the public space and public authority in the East African country. In the second and final blog post of this series, Astrid Jamar examines the text, logos and images displayed on the boards, which reveal […]

  • Permalink A series of aid billboard along the roadside in Rutana, Burundi in June 2018
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    Mind the Billboards: International Aid Conquering the Public Space in Burundi

Mind the Billboards: International Aid Conquering the Public Space in Burundi

This two-part blog series will examine the prominence of aid billboards in Burundi and analyse how these billboards produce colonial continuities, which in turn shape the public space and public authority in Burundi. In the first article, Astrid Jamar discusses how these billboards and their colonial nature dominate the public space. Along with symbols of the regime, their physical […]

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