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(In)security groups and governance in Gulu

In this blog, Holly Porter and Rebecca Tapscott explore everyday policing and security in Northern Uganda. Holly Porter is the leader researcher for northern Uganda for the JSRP. Rebecca Tapscott is a PhD student at Fletcher School at Tufts University.

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Are newspapers on their way out?

Editor: Nic Cheeseman

With a new series on media and democracy in the pipeline at DiA, our co-editor ponders the future of newspapers in Kenya and beyond.

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The Marikana Commission of Inquiry: The rule of law in post-apartheid South Africa

In this piece, Sandra Wisner takes us to Johannesburg where she spent the year assisting the Marikana Commission of Inquiry, established as the result of one of the most violent Police acts in post-apartheid South Africa. Live video footage captured at the scene garnered international attention, leaving much for the South African Police Service to […]

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Agents of change? Staging and governing diasporas and the African state

During the last decade, African diasporas have emerged as agents of change in international development thinking. Diasporas are being courted by donors, sending states, and NGOs for their contributions to development in their countries of origin, praised for their remittances, investments and knowledge transfer. In this blog, Nauja Kleist, senior researcher in the Global Transformations […]

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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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Preview: Property and political order in Africa

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Here at DiA, we like to keep our readers abreast of the best publications in African politics. This week we are delighted to preview a ‘must read’ from one of the discipline’s leading lights, Catherine Boone. Her new book, ‘Property and political order in Africa: Land rights and the structure of politics,’ is forthcoming from […]

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President Museveni and Uganda’s intervention in South Sudan


In this blog piece, Michaela Collord explores Uganda’s intervention in South Sudan. She argues that, to date, President Museveni has skilfully muted criticism of his intervention at home and abroad, although this relative silence might be lifting. Michaela is a PhD candidate in politics at the University of Oxford. This blog post was originally posted […]

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Britain’s secret history: historians challenge UK government


Professor David Anderson and others are considering mounting a legal challenge to the FCO following their intransigence over the ‘Special Collections’ they are currently holding. Despite assurances to the contrary, these 1.2 million historical files are still inaccessible to the public and no clear timetable for their release is currently available.

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Dr Nic Cheeseman reviews Africa in 2013 for Bloomberg TV

Editor: Nic Cheeseman

Our founder and co-editor, Dr Nic Cheeseman, has appeared on Bloomberg TV to review the major events and trends of 2013 in Africa. Bloomberg is a 24-hour business & financial live television network that reaches over 310 million homes worldwide, with an average working day audience of 426,721 viewers, surpassing audience figures for CNN International, […]

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Women organising for gender equality in Sierra Leonean politics


Continuing our series on gender and politics, Dr Hussainatu Abdullah reviews the progress of women fighting for gender equality in Sierra Leone since the end of the war. Hussainatu is a sociologist and an independent scholar with extensive research and consultancy experience in West Africa.    

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