1. Tell us a bit about yourself, and your area of interest. I am an economic historian, and my work has focused on economic growth in Sub-Saharan Africa, both in the very long run and in the independence period. Most recently I have done a lot of work on the histories of material progress and […]
Author Archives: SJ Cooper-Knock
In this post, Martin Skrydstrup tells us about ‘My First Election Day’, a project that he conceived and directed around Kenya’s 2013 elections. As part of the project, 10 young Kenyans who were voting for the first time were given cameras and tasked with recording their election-day experiences. Martin has a PhD in cultural anthropology […]
Here at DiA, we like to keep our readers abreast of the best publications in African politics. This week we are delighted to preview a ‘must read’ from one of the discipline’s leading lights, Catherine Boone. Her new book, ‘Property and political order in Africa: Land rights and the structure of politics,’ is forthcoming from […]
1.Tell us a bit about the work of the ZDI Trust The Zimbabwe Democracy Institute (ZDI) is a politically independent public policy think-tank based in Zimbabwe. We generate and disseminate innovative ideas, cutting-edge research and policy analysis to advance democracy, development, good governance and human rights in Zimbabwe. We also aim to promote open, informed […]
Professor David Anderson and others are considering mounting a legal challenge to the FCO following their intransigence over the ‘Special Collections’ they are currently holding. Despite assurances to the contrary, these 1.2 million historical files are still inaccessible to the public and no clear timetable for their release is currently available.
1. Tell us a bit about your work with the Center for Global Development CGD is a ‘think and do tank’ established in Washington, DC in 2001, doing rigorous research with the aim of producing policy proposals to improve the development impact of (or reduce the damage done by) rich countries. I work for CGD […]
1. Tell us a bit about yourself, and your area of interest. I’m currently a lecturer in International Development at the Univeristy of Edinburgh. My work focuses above all on understanding the dynamics of migration and citizenship, especially in conflict and crisis settings. My first book, The Point of No Return: Refugees, Rights and Repatriation, came out […]
In this blog, the co-editors of a new working paper series on IBSA tell us about their project. SJ Cooper-Knock, Indrajit Roy and Cintia Kulzer Sacilotto are all based at the Oxford Department of International Development. You can find the first paper in the series, on the politics of sustainable development, here.
Democracy in Africa have been in contact with LGBT activists in Zambia who have been in hiding in recent months, fearing persecution from the police and other state officials. Here, one of the activists shares their perspective on the current situation in country.
In this blog, our Co-editor, Sarah-Jane Cooper-Knock, reflects on the way in which Mandela has been remembered and the responsibilities that come with saluting his long walk to freedom.