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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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Has the CDF really changed ordinary Kenyans’ lives?

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Nic Cheeseman, DiA’s co-editor, explores the challenges faced by the Constituency Development Fund in Kenya. This fund, was supposed to bring development closer to Kenyans and help the country to move on from harambee schemes that had been mired by politicisation and corruption. The CDF’s achievements have been mixed at best. MPs have recently moved […]

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State of the nation: Kenya after the ‘fragile’ 2013 poll

Editor: Nic Cheeseman

In this article our Co-editor, Nic Cheeseman, reflects back on Kenya’s experiences in 2013. He argues that the country is currently at a cross-roads, with signposts pointing both towards ethnic manipulation and civil conflict, as well as democratic consolidation and peace against-the-odds. The country’s recent elections also bear signs of these divergent paths. The future […]

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The executive is too political for technocrats to work well

Nic Cheeseman

In his article our Co-editor, Nic Cheeseman, turns his attention to the cabinet in Kenya. He argues that cabinets that provide places for technocrats can work well – as seen in the examples of South Korea and Botswana – but Uhuru Kenyatta’s cabinet is not. Although the individuals involved explain part of the problem, the […]

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Britain’s secret history: historians challenge UK government

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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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In memory of Joel Barkan, a scholar who believed in Kenya’s greatness

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Following the sad news of Joel Barkan’s death, our co-editor Nic Cheeseman reflects on his life and his contribution to the study of Kenya. This remembrance was first published in Kenya’s Daily Nation.    

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The push and pull of party alliances in Kenya

Editor: Nic Cheeseman

In his bi-monthly column for the Daily Nation, our co-editor Nic Cheeseman, reflects back on a workshop he organised in Nairobi. The workshop drew in colleagues from the University of Oxford  and the Institute for Development Studies at Nairobi University to discuss the impact that coalitions have on nine different political systems based on legislative data and MP […]

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Tokenism will increase the numbers but not quality of women in politics

Editor: Nic Cheeseman

Reflecting back on the Women in Politics and Government Conference in November 2013, our Co-editor, Nic Cheeseman argues we need to increase the number of women in government, but in order for these women to have leverage in their respective legislatures, they need to be seen as legitimate representatives who have earned the positions that […]

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It is time to defend the freedoms bestowed by the constitution in Kenya

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In his regular column for the Daily Nation, Nic Cheeseman argues that the freedoms enshrined within the Kenyan constitution are currently under threat from the Kenya Information and Communication Bill (2013) and Miscellaneous Amendment Bill (2013).      

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Securing reform? Power sharing and civil-security relations in Kenya and Zimbabwe

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 In this blog, Alexander Noyes tells us about his recent research, which explores the relationship between power sharing agreements  and Security Sector Reform (SSR). In many transitional countries, SSR can play a crucial role in making situations more stable and democracy more feasible. But can power sharing agreements help SSR where it matters most? Alexander is a […]

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