Tag Archives: African Democracy

Bringing industrial policy back in: A new flavour to the narrative of post-1994 Rwanda


Continuing our series on Rwanda, Pritish Behuria takes a look at Rwanda’s industrial policy. Economics has played an important role in reflecting and shaping politics in the country, he argues, yet industrial policy is often neglected in analyses of Rwanda. Pritish is a PhD candidate at the School of Oriental and African Studies.  

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Upcoming Workshop: Taxation and the social contract in Nigeria


Next Tuesday, 29 April 2014, Oxford Department of International Development will be hosting a workshop on taxation and the social contract in Nigeria. This promising to be a day of engaging presentations and lively discussion focusing on a topical and important issue. Admission is free. Those wishing to attend should contact Dr Oliver Owen  by emailing  […]

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Mugabe’s rule: From Darling to Despot, and from Hope to Hunger


In this post Jeffrey Smith explores Robert Mugabe’s time in office, and its impact on the politics and development of Zimbabwe. Jeffrey is an Advocacy Officer at the Robert F. Kennedy Centre for Justice and Human Rights. The views expressed here are his own. 

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Whose city? Kigali, population growth and prospects for Rwanda’s urban future

Tom Goodfellow

This blog marks the beginning of our series that explores the state of the nation in Rwanda, twenty years on from the genocide of 1994. It explores the social, political and economic progress made and the challenges that remain. Tom Goodfellow starts us off by exploring an angle that is often missed in analyses of […]

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Africa’s Third Liberation: Transformative growth and developmental governance

In this blog, Richard Joseph shares with us the text of his talk delivered to the Ghana Center for Democratic Development on 13 March 2014. He hopes that, in sharing the text, he will bring these arguments to a wider audience and actively welcomes thoughts and feedback in comments section below this article. Richard is […]

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Women, ethnicity and power in Africa


In many African countries, power is concentrated in the hands of the executive. Therefore, Leonardo Arriola and Martha Johnson  argue, we need to better understand how appointments to the executive are made, and what barriers exist for women who are seeking such appointments. In this blog, they suggest that in countries with a large number […]

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Preview: Authoritarian origins of democratic party systems in Africa

Rachel Beatty Riedl

Last month saw the release of Rachel Beatty Riedl’s new book, ‘Authoritarian origins of democratic party systems in Africa’, which has been published with Cambridge University Press. In this blog, Rachel tells us about her exciting research and the important contribution it makes to the study of democracy in Africa. Rachel is an Assistant Professor of […]

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The 2015 elections in Burundi: towards authoritarianism or democratic consolidation?


In this blog, Benjamin Chemouni looks at the prospects for Burundi’s 2015 election, and the future of the post-conflict settlement. Benjamin is a PhD candidate in the Department of International Development, at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). His research explores the variation of state effectiveness between Rwanda and Burundi.

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Why elections in Bostwana and South Africa can be ‘free’ but not ‘fair’


In this article, Nicola de Jager argues that we need to take another look at Southern Africa’s ‘democratic darlings’; Botswana and South Africa. These states may have a relatively impressive democratic record on paper within Southern Africa but they are dominant party states. In practice, this dynamic places opposition parties at such a disadvantage that […]

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Advocacy under fire: pushing for change on LGBT issues in Zambia


Democracy in Africa have been in contact with LGBT activists in Zambia who have been in hiding in recent months, fearing persecution from the police and other state officials. Here, one of the activists shares their perspective on the current situation in country.  

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