Category Archives: Sound Ideas

Reflections from the DRC

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20th December 2016 16:00 With growing contestation surrounding President Kabila term, Pat Stys from the University of Edinburgh spoke to citizens in the Democratic Republic of Congo to get their reflections and hopes for the future.  

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Jamii Forums and the Arrest of Maxence Melo

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Tuesday 20th December, 14:30 Chambi Chachage, from Udadisi: Rethinking in Action, joined us to speak about the arrest of Maxence Melo, co-founder of Jamii Forums. Chambi is a PhD Candidate at Harvard University.

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Update from the Gambia: From the ballot box to the court room?

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12 December 2016, 13:00 Maggie Dwyer, Research Fellow at the University of Edinburgh, joins us to talk through developments in the Gambia, the prospect of the courts and the role of the military.   

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Ghana decides: Opposition victory and thoughts for the future

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10 December 2017: 12:00pm In our final interview for the elections in Ghana, Nic Cheeseman looks at the emerging result and reflects on the challenges that lie ahead for the NPP.

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Ghana decides: Rumours of rigging and opposition optimism

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Wednesday 7th December, 15:30pm. In our second interview with Co-Editor Nic Cheeseman on the elections in Ghana, we talk about the opposition’s growing confidence in their lead and the room for vote rigging within the system.  

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Ghana decides: Update on the election

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Co-editor Nic Cheeseman talks to us from Ghana, arguing that the opposition can be cautiously optimistic 7th December 23:30pm (GMT):

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Noor Nieftagodien on #FeesMustFall

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Prof Noor Nieftagodien provides fantastic historical context to the #FeesMustFall protests in South Africa. This talk was part of a digital panel on activism and academia for the Decolonizing the Academy Conference at the University of Edinburgh. Noor is Associate Professor at the History Research Group at the University of Witwatersrand.   

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Camalita Naicker on Activism and the Academy

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Camalita Naicker speaks to us about student activism at the University-Currently-Known-As Rhodes University as part of the Centre of African Studies’ conference on Decolonizing the Academy, at the University of Edinburgh. Camalita is a PhD candidate at UHURU.  

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Simukai Chigudu on #RhodesMustFall

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As part of the Centre of African Studies’ conference Decolonizing the Academy at the University of Edinburgh, Simukai Chigudu shared with us his thoughts on the Rhodes Must Fall movement at the University of Oxford. Simukai is a PhD candidate at the Oxford Department of International Development at the University of Oxford.

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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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