Category Archives: In Their Own Words

Phil Clark on the prosecution of FDLR members in Germany


Last week, a German court found Ignace Murwanashyaka and Straton Musoni from the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) guilty of war crimes. We asked Dr Phil Clark, Reader in Comparative and International Politics at SOAS University of London for more details. 1. Why was the case being tried in Germany? The Murwanashyaka and Musoni case […]

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Chalwe Charles Mwansa on LGBT activism in Zambia


Earlier this year, we heard about the situation facing LGBT citizens in Zambia. Could you give us a brief update of the situation on the ground?  While lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights in some sections of the world have progressed in recent years, equality remains elusive in other parts of the world, such as Zambia. On the […]

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Reflecting back, looking forwards: Morten Jerven


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 […]

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Reflecting back, looking forward: ZDI


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 […]

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Reflecting back, looking forward: Alex Cobham


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 […]

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Reflecting back, looking forward: Katy Long


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 […]

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An interview with Kizza Besigye: part two


In the first half of his interview with Dr Besigye, Angus Barry asked him about his electoral strategies in the 2001 and 2006 elections, including the charges brought against him and his supporters.   After contesting the 2011 elections Dr Besigye stepped down from the FDC presidency.  However he has remained in the opposition spotlight, especially […]

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An interview with Kizza Besigye: part one


Dr Kizza Besigye has been the leading opposition candidate in the last three Ugandan Presidential elections, twice as president of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC).  During the rule of Idi Amin (1971 – 1979) he studied medicine at Makerere University.  In 1982 he joined the NRA forces in the Bush War, acting as Museveni’s […]

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Filmmaker Dupont on her new film ‘Demokarasi’


In ‘Demokarasi’, CBC journalist and filmmaker Marie-Claude Dupont looks back at the Burundi post-civil war 2010 elections. The plot is already known; the ruling party CNDD-FDD, heir of the main former Hutu rebel movement, will remain in place and its main contenders will soon leave the democratic debate. ‘Demokarasi’ is a story of broken hopes […]

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Dr Blessings Chinsinga on presidents, plots, and political vision in Malawi.


The last year has been an eventful one in Malawi. In this interview, Dr Blessings Chinsinga gives us his views on the political and economic landscape of the country, critiquing Joyce Banda’s lack of vision in leadership and exploring her prospects at the polls in 2014. Since Joyce Banda became President on 7th April 2012 […]

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