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Decolonising the Academy: call for papers

This year’s conference at the Centre of African Studies at the University of Edinburgh will be on the theme of ‘Decolonising the Academy’. This is a topic close to our hearts at DiA. Do read and share: we hope to see you there! 

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Stephen Carter on the politics of institution building

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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 academics as well as practitioners in international development and humanitarianism. In this post, Stephen Carter from Global Witness explores what global lessons on institution building can be drawn from his experience in Afghanistan.  

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Do we need to rethink how we measure inequality?

Alex Cobham

Debates around the role of inequality in Africa and beyond, and its impact on democracy, have been fierce. Much of the research that surrounds this issue, however, uses the Gini Co-efficient to measure inequality. Alex Cobham, from the Tax Justice Network, explains why this measure is so flawed and argues that we need to switch to […]

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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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Why Kenya needs more MPs like Jean-Marie Seroney

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As part of our Twelve Days of Analysis, our Co-editor Nic Cheeseman looks at the life, times, and inspiration of Kenyan MP Jean-Marie Seroney. 

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All I want for Christmas: A decolonised university

In solidarity with the struggles for just, inclusive, and accessible education across the globe this year we produced a ‘Decolonising the University’ reading list for African politics. As your first treat in the ’12 days of analysis’, we are providing you with an updated signpost to some of the outstanding analysis being done by African […]

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Season’s Greeting from DiA

As the year comes to a close, Nic and I would like to thank all the authors and readers who have made Democracy in Africa such a success this year. We hope that 2016 will be full of joy, peace and justice for you. To exit the year in style, we are doing a riff on the […]

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Africa’s diaspora return… but who benefits?

In this post, Ellen Houston adds nuance to the diaspora debate when looking at return migration to Ghana, asking what impact it has on social, economic and political dynamics in the country. Ellen is a former student from The University of Edinburgh, currently living and working with the UN in Lomé, Togo.

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Diaspora as Anti-Politics: the case of Rwanda

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Kicking off our new series on the politics of (im)mobility, Will Jones explores why the Rwandans that he spoke with were so reluctant to refer to themselves as members of the diaspora. Will is a Departmental Lecturer in Forced Migration at the Refugee Studies Centre. He works with Alexander Betts on the project ‘The Nation […]

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Improving public health messaging on Ebola

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In previous posts on this blog, we asked how the Ebola crisis would reflect and transform states-citizen relationships; how it would shape the authority of traditional healers; and what impact it would have on the political economy of affected countries. In this paper, Bernard Seytre explores the effectiveness of public communications on Ebola. His study […]

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