Category Archives: DiA Series

Six factors that help us to understand Boko Haram

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This week, we launched a broader series on security in Nigeria, exploring the latest research and comment on the security sector and security threats in the country. As part of that series, we are sharing a summary of Raufu Mustapha’s recent talk on Boko Haram at the University of Edinburgh. Raufu is an Associate Professor of […]

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Porridge, piety and patience: Why traditional Qur’anic students in northern Nigeria feel embarrassed to be poor

Hannah Hoechner

This month, we will be starting a series on security in Nigeria. Our definition of security will be broad, as is our interest in the factors that drive it. As part of this series, Hannah Hoechner explores the ways in which poverty is shamed and hidden in Nigeria. She questions the connections and disconnections between young people’s […]

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Debating media and democracy in Africa

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In the final blog of our media and democracy series, our co-editor Sarah-Jane Cooper-Knock tells us all about a recent Oxford seminar on media and democracy in Africa. The event was part of a new European Union funded (2.2 million Euros) research project on Media, Democracy and Conflict around the world in which researchers from […]

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Presidential debates in Kenya: give ‘em the old razzle dazzle

Natalie Moss

In this blog, Natalie Moss explores Kenya’s 2013 electoral debates and their coverage in the media: what can we learn from the ways in which these debates were conducted? How were they presented in the media? In whose interests were the media acting? Natalie is a PhD student at Durham University, her research examines the history of […]

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War crimes trials: Measuring the impact in Sierra Leone and Liberia

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The decade-long civil war in Sierra Leone was characterized by acts of horrific violence which led to four war crimes trials, three in Freetown and one in The Hague. Now that the sentences have been handed down and defendants such as Charles Taylor, former President of Liberia, are no longer in the headlines, Jon Silverman […]

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Journalists’ pay and conditions in Rwanda

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In this blog, Sally Stapleton argues that we must give equal energy to opening space for media voices and improving the quality of the voices that we hear. With that in mind, she tells us about a recent survey that has explored the pay and conditions of journalists in Rwanda.

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Press freedom debates and journalism scholarship in South Africa

Herman Wasserman

Kicking off our series on the media and democracy, Herman Wasserman highlights the role that academics can play in ongoing debates over media freedom. He focuses in on the role played by journalism scholars and educators in response to proposed reforms in South Africa. Herman is a Professor of Media Studies at Rhodes University and […]

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