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Diaspora diaries and football politics

As with football, Africa risks losing its best and brightest to more advanced and  monied nations, says Ronak Gopaldas.
Football and politics have always enjoyed a fascinating relationship. During this year’s World Cup the political subtext was especially elevated, given the geo-political significance of the event being hosted in Russia. But beyond the obvious diplomatic undercurrent, the tournament brought a number […]

What ghost rape teaches us about what rape actually is

In her recent article, Holly Porter explores what rape is. The article suggests ways outsiders wanting to understand a context deeply impacted by decades of war might look beyond physically evident conditions.

Definitions of rape are far from straightforward. How it is/ought to be defined legally is the source of longstanding, often heated debate.  How it is socially understood, is likewise […]

AfCFTA: Africa is moving too slowly towards a single market

Olu Fasan outlines why a single market for Africa is essential for the continent’s progress.

Africa’s quest for a single market dates back to the establishment of the Organisation of African Union (OAU) in 1963. The OAU, which brought together Africa’s newly independent nations, had at its heart intra-Africa economic integration. In fact, it aimed to emulate Europe by creating […]

  • Permalink Dieudonné Nzapalainga, archevêque de Bangui, Nicolas Guérékoyame Gbangou, pasteur protestant président de l’alliance évangélique centrafricaine, et Omar Kobine Layama, imam et président de la communauté islamique centrafricaine made a peace declaration on 10 April 2014 Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons Gallery

    Politics, the Interfaith Religious Platform and Public Authority in the Central African Republic

Politics, the Interfaith Religious Platform and Public Authority in the Central African Republic

Gino Vlavonou explores how multiple public authorities shape the current armed conflict in CAR.

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


Armed conflicts are complex and the Central African Republic (CAR) is a place where the national government and international community have been struggling to bring about peace. Armed […]

The Dangerous African Marriage of Religion to Tradition

Using Yoruba traditions as a reference, Foluke Adebisi explores the centuries’-long intertwining of religion and tradition in many African societies.

Increasingly, we see culture, religion and tradition being used as justification for legislative actions, administrative actions and executive policies. The effect of this is a blurring of the lines between the personal and the political spheres in African society. I suggest […]

February 6th, 2019|Featured, Society|0 Comments|
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    The romantic rewriting of Haile Selassie’s legacy must stop

The romantic rewriting of Haile Selassie’s legacy must stop

Yohannes Woldemariam trawls through the history books to expose the truths of Haile Selassie’s 44-year reign over Ethiopia.


Emperor Haile Selassie, who ruled Ethiopia from 1930 to 1974, died in 1975, but he lives on through the romantic lyrics of the late Jamaican reggae star Bob Marley and Ethiopian pop star, Tewedros Kassahun, better known as Teddy Afro.

Yet there is […]

What do witch doctors actually do?

As part of trying to understand how Public Authority operates in such impoverished, marginal and conflict-affected places, Robin Oryem has been interviewing local witch doctors.
One thing every Acholi person wants to avoid is being associated with a witch doctor, but I took courage and informed the bodaboda (motorbike taxi) man that I was heading to the witch doctor’s place. He bombarded me […]

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    Male survivors are not ’emasculated’ but experience ‘displacement from gendered personhood’

Male survivors are not ’emasculated’ but experience ‘displacement from gendered personhood’

Taking Northern Uganda as a case study, Philipp Schulz explores the intersecting harms experienced by male survivors of sexual violence, and argues that these harms can potentially be mitigated. He suggests that improved understanding – and language – can aid recovery. 

The United Nations Security Council (UN SC) and the Women Peace and Security (WPS) agenda initially paid insufficient attention to sexual violence against men […]

January 23rd, 2019|Conflict, Featured, Gender|0 Comments|
  • Permalink This aerial photo of Kitchanga was taken during the crisis in March 2013 when IOM North Kivu organised an aerial reconnaissance mission to estimate the numbers of IDPs who had found refugee close to the MONUSCO basis and identify other newly created spontaneous sites.

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    The story of Kitchanga: Spatial politics of presence, refuge and return in North Kivu, Eastern DRCongo

The story of Kitchanga: Spatial politics of presence, refuge and return in North Kivu, Eastern DRCongo

In the Kivu provinces of the Eastern Congo, permanent semi-urban towns emerge from the protracted presence of refugees and internally displaced persons. Using the example of Kitchanga in North Kivu, Gillian Mathys and Karen Büscher (Ghent University) show the importance of such towns as important spaces in the politics of mobility, presence and return in a context of violent […]

Preventing and punishing sexual violence in war post-Bemba

Following the acquittal of Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo by the International Criminal Court, Louise Arimatsu reflects on what steps might be taken to more effectively address sexual violence in conflict. 

Preventing sexual violence in conflict has been a high priority for the international community for at least the last two decades exemplified by the myriad of policy, legal and institutional measures adopted by states […]

January 16th, 2019|Conflict, Featured, Gender|0 Comments|

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