In his fortnightly column for the Daily Nation, Nic Cheeseman asks how we should define ‘middle class’ – is the common definition of $2 a day a robust measure? Should we be looking at a much higher bar? Focusing in on Kenya, he also explores the attitudes of middle class Kenyans towards democracy.
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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 […]
In the second of our ‘beyond China and Africa’ series, Pooja Jain explores India’s attempts to forge connections with Africa in aid, trade, and diplomacy. Pooja Jain is a PhD candidate at the Sciences Po (Paris Institute of Political Studies). If you missed our earlier post on Brazil and Africa, you can read it here.
In this opinion piece, Pedzisai Ruhanya stresses the need for the opposition to unite ahead of this year’s elections in Zimbabwe. Pedzisai is a PhD candidate and the director of the Zimbabwe Democracy Institute Trust.
Powering democracy and growth? Exploring the links between electrification, mobile use, growth and democracy.
In this fascinating article, Ben Armstrong explores the evidence around mobile usage and electrification to ask what implications developments in these two areas can have on a country’s democracy and GDP. Ben Armstrong is CEO at WellDone, an organization using mobile technology to collect and communicate critical infrastructure data.
Following their insightful piece on the draft constitution, Zimbabwe Democracy Institute give us their opinion on the referendum in Zimbabwe in support of the draft constitution, and what this means for the upcoming national elections.
Following Uhuru Kenyatta’s victory, Dominic Burbidge gives us his opinions on what is next for Kenya in the next five years. Dominic is a DPhil candidate at the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford. You can read his personal blog here.
In this opinion piece, Tim Wigmore argues that the TV debate in Kenya could have increased the important of programmatic politics in the forthcoming election, and decreased the likelihood of violence at the polls, or after.
In the final interview in our series of ‘reflecting back, looking forward’, we talk to Alex Cobham who is Head of Research at Save the Children. The perspectives expressed here are his own and may not reflect those of Save the Children. We have staggered our New Year interviews at DiA across the first two […]
Are we too eager to build economic models and development policies and too slow to look at the quality of the data that underwrites them? In his new book, Poor Numbers. How We Are Misled by African Development Statistics and What to Do about It‘ Morton Jerven explores the issue