Author Archives: SJ Cooper-Knock

Decolonising the Academy: call for papers

This year’s conference at the Centre of African Studies at the University of Edinburgh will be on the theme of ‘Decolonising the Academy’. This is a topic close to our hearts at DiA. Do read and share: we hope to see you there! 

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Stephen Carter on the politics of institution building

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The Bigger Picture Project at the University of Edinburgh has teamed up with Democracy in Africa to bring you videos from academics as well as practitioners in international development and humanitarianism. In this post, Stephen Carter from Global Witness explores what global lessons on institution building can be drawn from his experience in Afghanistan.  

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Katy Long on labelling and refugees

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The Bigger Picture Project at the University of Edinburgh has teamed up with Democracy in Africa to bring you videos from academics and practitioners in international development and humanitarianism. In this post, Katy Long looks at the importance of the labels we use to describe different forms of (im)mobility.  

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Lucy Lowe on the politics of (im)mobility

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The Bigger Picture Project at the University of Edinburgh has teamed up with Democracy in Africa to bring you videos from academics as well as practitioners in international development and humanitarianism. In this post, Lucy Lowe draws on her research to explore health and mobility amongst Somali migrants in Nairobi.  

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Partnering for Change

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The Bigger Picture Project at the University of Edinburgh has teamed up with Democracy in Africa to bring you videos from practitioners in international development and humanitarianism. In this post, Stephen Carter uses his experience in Afghanistan to draw broader lessons on partnering for change across the globe.  

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Rethinking the role of religion?

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The Bigger Picture Project at the University of Edinburgh has teamed up with Democracy in Africa to bring you videos from practitioners in international development and humanitarianism. In this post, we hear from Duncan Green, telling us about his thoughts on the role of religion in development.

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Women, Empowerment and Employment

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The Bigger Picture Project at the University of Edinburgh has teamed up with Democracy in Africa to bring you videos from practitioners in international development and humanitarianism. In this post, we hear about Oxfam’s programme tackling Women’s Economic Empowerment and Care. Thalia Kidder, Senior Advisor on Women’s Economic Rights and  Jane Remme, Programme Co-ordinator for Women’s Economic […]

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Mass graves controversy highlight weakness of anti-terror strategy

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As part of our Twelve Days of Analysis, our Co-editor Nic Cheeseman and Ken Opalo explore the case of Isnina Musa Sheikh in Kenya, highlighting the urgent need for investigation and justice. Ken Opalo is an Assistant Professor of African Development at Georgetown University.

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All I want for Christmas: A decolonised university

In solidarity with the struggles for just, inclusive, and accessible education across the globe this year we produced a ‘Decolonising the University’ reading list for African politics. As your first treat in the ’12 days of analysis’, we are providing you with an updated signpost to some of the outstanding analysis being done by African […]

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Season’s Greeting from DiA

As the year comes to a close, Nic and I would like to thank all the authors and readers who have made Democracy in Africa such a success this year. We hope that 2016 will be full of joy, peace and justice for you. To exit the year in style, we are doing a riff on the […]

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