Kenya: education, stigma and widow cleansing

The stigma attached to widows in Kenya is overlooked in the country’s strive for gender equality. Traditions used to ‘purify’ the widow further violate women’s freedom while exacerbating health crises in the region. Education and grassroots initiatives, argues Roseline Orwa, are integral to any transformative policies that promote widows’ social and economic inclusion.

In parts of Kenya, particularly rural […]

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    The UK’s self-harming scandal of visa rejections for visiting academics

The UK’s self-harming scandal of visa rejections for visiting academics

In April 2019 researchers at LSE held a blog training workshop where only one person out of 25 attended. The empty chairs were for African nationals invited to attend a range of academic events, all failing to receive their visas from the UK Home Office. The workshop organisers describe the visa system’s global asymmetries, and the damage it causes.

Esther […]

Football as reconciliation in the aftermath of war

As northern Uganda continues to recover gradually from the LRA war, peace and youth interventions using sports are playing a vital role. Francis Aloh, a former Ugandan football star and LSE researcher working with the Centre for Public Authority and International Development, has been studying a charity’s efforts in the region, exploring whether the game really can meet its aims […]

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 Now is the time to overturn outdated perceptions, writes Behailu Shiferaw Mihirete, and for Africa to utilise its diaspora’s potential.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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Lifting the veil on Afro-Austrians

Diasporas are often characterised by displacement and otherness, but Afro-Austrians, like diasporas elsewhere, exemplify this simplification. They have complex linkages with their countries of residence, just as much as their countries of ‘origin’.

I spent the summer of 2017 researching Afro-Austrian identity in Vienna. There was a sentiment of surprise whenever I explained that this meant looking into Black identity […]

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Senegal’s democracy is limited with or without Macky Sall

After his recent victory, Senegal’s re-elected president has shown a willingness to open a new chapter. But in order to transform the country for the better, argues Elimane Kane, the country needs more than a new president or fairer elections. The population needs a new consciousness.

Senegal has just emerged from its eleventh presidential elections. The vote, held on 24 […]

International development has a race problem

Working in Sierra Leone’s Ministry of Health and Sanitation uncovered an underlying prejudice among the white expatriate development community. Until the development sector deals with this problem, can the sort of relationship with governments needed for effective partnerships really be created?

Last week I went to a talk in Oxford about Sierra Leone’s Ebola emergency response. It was a presentation […]

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