Category Archives: Sound Ideas

Uganda 2016: Elections and Authoritarianism

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Our Co-Editor, Nic Cheeseman, discusses the recent Ugandan elections and explores how governments ensure victory in electoral authoritarian states. This interview was first aired on the BBC World Service.

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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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Debating Democracy in Africa

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Click here to listen to Dr Phil Clark and Prof Stephen Chan from SOAS, as well as Prof Catherine Boone from LSE discuss Dr Nic Cheeseman’s new book, ‘Democracy in Africa‘. For more reflection on the discussion, read Dominic Burbidge’s recent post.

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Presidential Term Limits

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Professor Nic Cheeseman has appeared on the BBC radio programme Newshour Extra, discussing the pros and cons of presidential term-limits, and whether power corrupts.

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Colin Bundy on the state of the nation in South Africa

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In this podcast, eminant South Africa historian Colin Bundy talks to one of our editors, Sarah-Jane Cooper-Knock, on the politics in South Africa. After taking stock on the state of the nation-  now in its 18th year after the transition from apartheid – Colin speaks about the key players on the road to Mangaung, where […]

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Peter Eigen: APP’s ‘Jobs, Justice and Equity’ report

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In part two of our series on the Africa Progress Panel, DIA’s Co-Editor Sarah Jane Cooper-Knock speaks with Peter Eigen about the APP’s latest panel report, ‘Jobs, Justice and Equity’. Peter Eigen is founder of Transparency International and a member of the Africa Progress Panel. The Africa Progress Panel, established in 2007, is a diverse […]

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Election Monitoring and Democracy

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In the third of our Sound Ideas series of podcasts – which feature short interviews with leading experts on the major issues of the day – Nic Cheeseman, Editor of Democracy in Africa, speaks with Aly Verjee on the topic of election monitoring.

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The ICC and Politics in Kenya

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In the second of our Sound Ideas series of podcasts – which feature short interviews with leading experts on the major issues of the day – Nic Cheeseman, editor of Democracy in Africa, and Muthoni Wanyeki, former Director of the Kenya Human Rights Commission, discuss the impact of the International Criminal Court’s prosecution of 4 prominent Kenyans with Denis M. Tull of the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP).

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