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    The emigration of doctors from Nigeria is not today’s problem, it is tomorrow’s

The emigration of doctors from Nigeria is not today’s problem, it is tomorrow’s

LSE’s Adura Banke-Thomas argues that Nigeria needs to urgently rethink its policies towards the training and retention of doctors.

 In a speech delivered by the Nigerian Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Folorunso Adewole at the 38th Annual General Meeting and Scientific Conference of the National Association of Resident Doctors of Nigeria, he argued that the number of doctors in Nigeria […]

October 15th, 2018|Featured, Health|1 Comment|

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 […]

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    Troubling times for the Rwenzururu Kingdom in Western Uganda

Troubling times for the Rwenzururu Kingdom in Western Uganda

Eleanor Beevor and Kristof Titeca provide an overview on the standoff between the Rwenzuru Kingdom and the Uganda government.


Over the last few years, the Rwenzori region of Western Uganda has been the site of devastating violence. On July 5 2014, there was a cruel mass attack by armed youths in the border districts of Kasese and Bundibugyo, in which […]

August 29th, 2018|Featured, Society|0 Comments|
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    #ZimElections2018: Charismatic Appeals Vs Performance Legitimacy

#ZimElections2018: Charismatic Appeals Vs Performance Legitimacy

As Zimbabwe heads to the first Mugabe-less polls, LSE’s McDonald Lewanika analyses the campaigns two leading Presidential candidates.

Behold the New

On July 30, 2018, Zimbabwe will have its first post-Mugabe harmonised election, where 23 candidates from 22 political parties will engage in mortal political combat for the country’s presidency. Over 1648 candidates from at least 55 political parties (about 220 […]

Family politics and female authority in Sierra Leone

In Freetown, Sierra Leone, electoral politics is not the dominant form of politics. Jonah Lipton sheds light on the significance of family politics and the prominence of women in these decision-making processes.

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


In March of this year general elections were held in […]

Book Review – Mandela’s Kinsmen by Timothy Gibbs

Anne Heffernan says Mandela’s Kinsmen by Timothy Gibbs should be required reading for  anyone seeking to understand the imprint of rural and Bantustan politics on South Africa’s national stage.

On 15 December 2013, Nelson Mandela was laid to rest in the rural village of Qunu, in South Africa’s rural Eastern Cape. Mandela had grown up in Qunu, at the […]

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    Okonjo-Iweala’s reflections on the challenges of fighting corruption in Nigeria

Okonjo-Iweala’s reflections on the challenges of fighting corruption in Nigeria

Popular abroad but under-appreciated at home, Olu Fasan explores the conundrum that is Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala after her recent public lecture at LSE.

On 16 May 2018, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, former managing director of the World Bank and Nigeria’s two-time finance minister, who was also a foreign minister, came to LSE. Her mission was to talk about her latest book, […]

Book Review – Why We Lie About Aid by Pablo Yanguas

According to Thomas Kirk, this book is an engaging rallying cry to reinterpret our discourses around aid and move away from quantifying successes based solely on value for money.

Every so often you read something that brilliantly articulates an idea or issue you have been struggling with for a while but could not eloquently capture. For me, Why We Lie About Aid […]

Business Lessons for DRC’s Leadership Crisis

Kwame Marfo looks beyond DRC’s current leadership crisis to imagine a new future for the Central African country.

“You never want a serious crisis to go to waste,” quipped Rahm Emmanuel, President Obama’s Chief of Staff on the back of the crisis the new administration faced following the global financial meltdown. This provided the political capital to pass the most […]

The Unenviable Situation of Tigreans in Ethiopia

As ordinary Tigreans are increasingly targeted because of their ethnic association to Ethiopia’s ruling party, Yohannes Woldemariam points out that the vast majority do not benefit from the rule of Tigrean People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) and live in much the same conditions as most Ethiopians.

Ethnonationalism, a form of politics that depends on strengthening narrow group identities rather than embracing […]

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