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...r more information and to apply go here: https://www.scholars4dev.com/3630/free-online-education-at-university-of-the-people/   23 July 2020 (annual)                 University of Canterbury 2020/2021 Undergraduate Scholarships International Students   This scholarship recognizes and supports top-achieving international students commencing an undergraduate degree programme at the University of Canterbury after studying for a university entrance-le...

Can Ghana’s Electoral Commission compile a “credible” voters’ register?

...deciding who gets to vote in Ghana’s elections. Yet, the EC’s methods for compiling the register have fundamental flaws. This may contradict the very purpose for which it set out to produce an updated register, to include only eligible voters. Interrogating the EC’s methods. The EC’s defence of passports and Ghana cards as voter registration methods is indicative of its faith in how these methods could produce a credible and reliable register. Ho...

Facebook’s ongoing scramble for Africa

...ee Basics per se; however, each country has a different landing page for 0.freebasics.com which states if the service is available, and in partnership with which telcos. Figure 3 shows what I found. In June 2020, Free Basics was live in 29 African nations and no longer available in 3. There were also discrepancies between what Facebook reports as the current countries and telco partners, and what I found. My full analysis  discusses this in more d...

The Political Impact of Social Media: A Case Study on Uganda’s...

...and misogyny that are rampant in society. Whereas both men and women used online tools for engagement, greater online activity was linked with higher levels of online violence for women as opposed to men. This study identified a number of recommendations from women actors and CSO representatives, for political organizations, the Uganda Electoral Commission (EC), parliamentary bodies such as Uganda Parliamentary Women’s Association (UWOPA), women’...
The media, corruption and democracy in Africa

Kenya: to the elections, and beyond. Part Two.

...08/02/13). [viii] NTV Kenya, ‘The Maina Njenga factor’ (09/06/12). http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&feature=endscreen&v=wmRH07oEnpY (accessed 08/02/13). [ix] The Kenyan Daily Post, ‘Maina Njenga to Shock Uhuru with 5 million youths to counter TNA euphoria in Mt Kenya’ (26/11/12). http://www.kenyan-post.com/2012/11/maina-njenga-to-shock-uhuru-with-5.html (accessed 08/02/13). [x] ‘Mimi nimekuja hapa kuonyesha kwamba tuko pamoja.’ Citizen TV, ‘Main...
The media, corruption and democracy in Africa

Kenya: to the election, and beyond. Part One.

...26/07/12); see also Citizen Television, ‘KKK Alliance’ (23/01/11). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SG5ZdTgnbNA (accessed 26/07/12). [xi] Kenya: G7 Alliance, question posted by Jackson Jumah Baraza (22/02/12). http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kenya-G7-Alliance/119040294796587 (accessed 26/07/12). [xii] Makabila, S., ‘Leaders now plot western alliance’, Standard (21/10/12). http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/?articleID=2000068915&story_title=Leaders-now-pl...
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The African Continental Free Trade Area: A Catalyst for Development?

...hare of manufactured and value-added products and a lower share of primary commodities when compared with African trade with the rest of the world (Lungu 2019). Under full tariff elimination, intra-African trade could increase by 33% (Saygili et al. 2018). This growth is predicted to be most pronounced in the manufacturing sector, which to date has a low contribution to the African economy. The agreement therefore constitutes an opportunity to ind...

Decolonizing the Academy: A digital panel

...’s insights and looks at the fractures in these protest movements. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=laDIAAwZ6-A Simukai Chigudu, a PhD candidate at the University of Oxford, provides an insight into the Rhodes Must Fall protests at the university and argues that these are integral to struggles for honour, recognition, and respect. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGhPBLxX_Vs Lenin Escudero, Cleaners for Justice, gives a background to the struggles a...

‘Can’t touch this’: ZANU-PF’s media victory

...minds up about the election and what their response to it would be. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JRWkfkiN2FY Having followed the events through Twitter and the relevant news agencies, it seemed to me that the strategic communication plan for ZANU-PF seemed to be working brilliantly (if it was in fact coordinated, and not happenstance). Here’s a game plan that fits ZANU-PF’s actions so far: Anticipating a loss in a fair election, begin to put the...

Are Africans ready for the free movement of labour on the...

...many countries’ multiple and overlapping memberships in Regional Economic Communities (RECs), complicating integration efforts. Kenya, for example, belongs to five RECs, and this does not help achieve the continental goal of a free trade area and to allow people the movement across the continent all sort of restrictions. With all these promising features AfCFTA is offering, for it to be successful, Africans must wake up and smell the coffee. For...