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Law and Order in Nigeria

Hi everyone, hope you had a great weekend.  This is just to alert any Democracy in Africa readers in the UK that at the end...

Law and Social Order in Africa

The creation and enforcement of law and the maintenance of social order have been key concerns for states, societies and individuals across Africa.  The...

Technology and Democracy in Africa

In the wake of the so-called ‘twitter revolutions’ in North Africa, domestic political leaders, academics, and donors are becoming increasingly interested in the role...

Nigerian President Takes Progressive Turn

  Long term Nigeria watcher and DiA friend Jeremy Weate has written an excellent article on the recent decision of Goodluck Jonathan to appoint Nuhu...

Steinberg on Malema

Jonny Steinberg, the award winning South African writer and recent appointment to the teaching team at the African Studies Centre here at Oxford University,...

The Politics of Ethnicity in Ethiopia

Download the podcast of Lovise Aalen’s talk on ‘The Politics of Ethnicity in Ethiopia: Actors, Power and Mobilisation under Ethnic Federalism’ to the African Studies...

John Githongo on Kenya

John Githongo, the former Corruption Tsar and whistle-blower in Kenya who was a Research Associate at the African Studies Centre during his exile, has...

The Malema Factor

Whatever you think of Julius Malema - dangerous demagogue; rabble rousing populist; brave political outsider - he is hard to ignore. But what does the...

Why less aid goes to poor countries than you would think

According to a report by MPs on the International Development Committee of the UK Parliament, too much European Union development aid is going to middle income countries and not enough is going to the world’s poorest people. Does this mean that European governments are pulling the wool over our eyes by claiming to maintain aid levels when in fact they are diverting spending to projects that most of us wouldn’t actually consider to be aid at all? To get the answer to this question, we interviewed he Chair of the Committee, the Rt. Hon Malcolm Bruce.