Category Archives: In Their Own Words

An interview with Kizza Besigye: part one

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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’

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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.

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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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Reflecting back, looking forward: Alex Cobham, Save the Children.

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In the final interview in our series of ‘reflecting back, looking forward’, we talk to Alex Cobham who is Head of Research at Save the Children. The perspectives expressed here are his own and may not reflect those of Save the Children. We have staggered our New Year interviews at DiA across the first two […]

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Reflecting back, looking forward: Association for Peace and Human Rights

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As the new year is getting under way, Democracy in Africa has asked key groups and individuals to reflect on developments in Africa during 2012, and look forward to 2013. We have invited them to share with us their insights and predictions, their hopes and their fears. Here, we speak to  René Claude Niyonkuru, Executive Director of the Association […]

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Reflecting back, looking forward: Fambul Tok

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To mark the new year, Democracy in Africa has asked key groups and individuals to reflect on developments in Africa during 2012, and look forward to 2013. We have invited them to share with us their insights and predictions, their hopes and their fears. Here, we speak to John Caulker, Executive Director of Fambul Tok in Sierra Leone. […]

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Reflecting back, Looking forward: Caroline Kende-Robb

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   To mark the new year, Democracy in Africa has asked key groups and individuals to reflect on developments in Africa during 2012, and look forward to 2013. We have invited them to share with us their insights and predictions, their hopes and their fears. Here, we speak to Caroline Kende-Robb. Caroline is the Executive Director of the […]

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Reflecting back, Looking forward: Zimbabwe Democracy Institute

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To mark the new year, Democracy in Africa has asked key groups and individuals across Africa to reflect on developments in 2012, and look forward to 2013. We have invited them to share with us their insights and predictions, their hopes and their fears. In the first of this series, we talk to the Zimbabwe Democracy Institute […]

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Trust, democracy and diversity

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A new book, Trust, Democracy and the Challenges of Multiculturalism, sets out the challenges that ethnic diversity can pose to social cohesion and democratization and provides important lessons on the best (and worst) ways to manage heterogeneous societies. Given that these are some of the most important questions facing African democracy we naturally contacted the author, Patti Tamara Lenard, to discuss her research. Here she outlines the key contributions of her work…

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The UN’s dangerous liaisons

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Global Policy Forum, an independent policy watchdog that monitors the work of the United Nations, released a report last week entitled ‘Dangerous Partnership’. In it, they explored the relationship between the  UN and Private Military and Security Companies. In this interview, we speak to the report’s author, Lou Pingeot, about her findings. She argues that […]

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