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Ramaphosa’s choice for the declining ANC

Despite South Africa’s re-election of Cyril Ramaphosa, a reduced majority and low voter turn-out signal growing disenfranchisement among the population. Amid dissent in the ruling ANC, Ramaphosa must now make a choice to tackle the country’s economic challenges – should he seek political alliances which risk his party’s collapse?

There is an old Dutch story of a little boy named […]

CAR’s peace accords and rebel warlords

The latest peace agreement in the Central African Republic creates space for rebel warlords to participate in the country’s future. But with accusations that the agreement has downplayed justice, argues Gino Vlavonou, a mix of doubt and excitement allows the potential for renewed anger and grievances towards the state.

After ten years in power, in 2013, Séléka rebels ousted the […]

Zimbabwe’s land reform and white farmer compensation

To bolster a struggling economy, President Mnangagwa is launching a new programme to address the socio-economic consequences of Robert Mugabe’s land reform programme in the early 2000s. Despite limited investment, argues Wandile Sihlobo, the Zimbabwean government’s approach is critical for building credibility in its reform agenda at home and internationally.

When Emmerson Mnangagwa assumed office as President of Zimbabwe in […]

Should politicians in Nigeria give money to the poor?

Is ‘patrimonial politics’ bad for Africa? Or might distributing cash actually be an integral part of good governance? LSE’s Portia Roelofs draws on her recent publications on Nigerian politics to tackle one of the most important debates in democracy and development: should politicians give money to the poor?

All politics involves distribution. Indeed, many would claim that politics is at […]

The erosion of digital rights in Uganda

Digital rights in Uganda have become a battleground between President Museveni and his high profile critics. But the more the regime pushes back, the more admired these critics have become. Amid deepening concern for Uganda’s freedom of speech, can the regime sustain its attacks?

Two prominent critics of Uganda’s President, Yoweri Museveni, have recently been held in detention on charges […]

The hidden worth of the global African diaspora

Diasporas are often treated as foreigners in their adopted homes and as traitors in their place of birth, despite often hidden cultural and economic contributions. Now is the time to overturn outdated perceptions, writes Behailu Shiferaw Mihirete, and for Africa to utilise its diaspora’s potential.

On 5 November 2018, Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed appointed Billene Seyoum as the Press […]

Eritrea: from war and oppression to peace and development

Eritrea’s brutal dictatorship has created a society with the hallmarks of one at war. Now with signs that President Isaias Afwerki has become increasingly isolated, talk has begun of a new regime. But with mistrust so high of public institutions, writes Bahlbi Malk, a recovery programme must reform more than its failing institutions and undertaken psychological reconstruction.

In the early […]

Sudan: from economic crisis to the question of inclusivity

The same historic factors that led to Sudan’s ousting of Omar al-Bashir create challenges for building a new society. To achieve liberal democracy, Sudan must look beyond elite interests to reach political agreement for a future based on diversity and pluralism.

Following a military coup in 1989, civil order in Khartoum gave way to three decades of political corruption, a […]

Bolstering Rwandan voices in writing about Rwanda

As in many developing countries, knowledge generated on Rwanda is overwhelmingly dominated by non-Rwandan scholars, with the local academic community facing structural and epistemic barriers to disseminating research in the global North. Here we discuss a new programme that seeks to promote scholarship in Rwanda with the potential to overturn existing narratives placed upon the country.

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Contesting compensation in Uganda’s Apaa land conflict

When Acholi farmers from Uganda’s Apaa region occupied a UN compound, they drew attention to a long-term conflict in which the community faced violent evictions from their ancestral homeland. While President Museveni’s new compensation schemes may seem like a viable fix they could, ultimately, exacerbate the region’s conflicts over land.

In recent years, rural communities throughout Africa have increasingly found […]

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