Category Archives: Tanzania

Jamii Forums and the Arrest of Maxence Melo


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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Deconstructing the Magufuli miracle in Tanzania 

Our co-editor Nic Cheeseman takes a look at the rise and rule of Magufuli in Tanzania. He argues that his successes as a populist leader are likely to be short-lived, and the costs to democracy and development are likely to be great. This piece is drawn from Nic’s regular column for the Daily Nation.

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Political stalemate deepens in Tanzania


Michaela Collord explores the continuing stand off between President Magufuli and the opposition coalition in Tanzania and asks what consequences it will have for the country. Michaela is a PhD candidate in politics at the University of Oxford. This blog post was originally posted on the Presidential Power blog.

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Land rights and mobility: the unintended consequences of durable solutions in Tanzania

Amelia Kuch

Amelia Kuch takes a look at Tanzania, where durable solutions have been offered to Burundian refugees. New political rules are now in play for these citizens but, as Amelia shows, older ways of organising land and livelihoods in settlement areas are still alive and well.  Amelia is a PhD candidate in African Studies at the University of […]

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The Party Rules and the 2015 Mainland Election in Tanzania

Source: Tanzanian National Electoral Commission and Author calculations

Much has been made of opposition’s progress in Tanzania. Here, Yonatan L Morse argues that the CCM remains strong and the opposition still has a long way to go if it wants to be a credible contender in 2020. Yonatan is an Assistant Teaching Professor and Associate Director of the Democracy and Governance Program at the […]

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Identity, politics, and reconciliation in Zanzibar

Sigrun Marie Moss and Kjetil Tronvoll explore the rise and fall of reconciliatory politics in Zanzibar. They ask how and why intergroup relations underwent such a positive change, and why this shift seems to be reversing. Sigrun is a PhD candidate in Social Psychology at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. Kjetil is a Senior […]

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Parliament pins executive over corruption scandal in Tanzania


In this blog, Michaela Collord takes a look at the escrow scandal in Tanzania, and the impressive efforts by politicians to investigate the issue and hold those responsible to account. With elections coming up in 2015, she asks what the political implications of this investigation might be. This blog was initially posted on Presidential Power. 

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Tanzania’s constitutional review in limbo

The constitutional review in Tanzania got off to a promising start but it is now close to collapse. Michaela Collord charts the rocky road from those early days of cross-party cooperation to now. Michaela is a PhD candidate in politics at the University of Oxford. This blog post was originally posted on the Presidential Power blog.

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Whose government is it anyway? Uranium extraction in Tanzania


In this blog, James Mitchell argues that the CCM government in Tanzania is helping foreign mining companies to systematically exploit their citizens. James is a PhD candidate in Global Political Economy at the University of Bristol.

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