Moses John Bockarie, Njala University There’s growing condemnation of “parachute research” among the global scientific community. This refers to the practice of scientists and research groups from the global north conducting research and collecting data in poorer parts of the world, publishing their findings in prestigious journals – and giving...
Justine Olawande Daramola, Cape Peninsula University of Technology More and more governments around the world are turning to electronic methods to deliver services and communicate with citizens via the internet. These e-government systems, as they are known, allow people to do a number of things. They can pay for their utilities,...
Richard Calland, University of Cape Town South Africa’s latest pursuit of truth has gone up a gear as it enters a new phase in which the stakes are raised for all the protagonists. After a slow start last year, a judicial commission of inquiry into state capture has received startling...
Somalia is developing a new plan to ensure Somali mothers and children can access quality health services equitably all across urban, rural areas in the country. The “Reproductive, maternal, neonatal, child and adolescent health strategic plan”, being created with the support of the World Health Organization (WHO) and other United...
For the first time, Togo's national legislature will have a female head. Yawa Djigbodi Tsegan (47), from President Faure Gnassingbe’s Union for the Republic party, has been elected as the president of the National Assembly. The west African nation had held parliamentary elections in December 2018 to elect 91 new...
By Ashoka Mukpo, Mongabay A report released by Global Witness late last year alleges that Liberia’s forestry laws are being “hijacked” by logging companies. These logging companies can potentially put vast areas of Liberia’s remaining rainforests at risk of large-scale deforestation. There’s historical precedent for the concerns under the...
David E Kiwuwa, University of Nottingham The Ibrahim Index of African Governance measures and monitors Africa’s governance performance. It produces an impartial picture of governance performance in every country on the continent. David E Kiwuwa, associate professor of international studies at the University of Nottingham, asked Mandipa Ndlovu, a Zimbabwean...
Zimbabwe's High Court has ruled against an internet shut down that the government has imposed to curb protests erupted in the country. The court said that the State Security Minister Owen Ncube had no power to order the shutdown while deciding the case brought by human rights lawyers and journalists. The wave...
The constitutional court of the Democratic Republic of Congo has confirmed the election of Felix Tshisekedi as the new president of the country, rejecting allegations of collusion between Tshisekedi and the ruling party to orchestrate the result. Second-placed Martin Fayulu rejected the provisional results and urged Congolese people not to...
Nic Cheeseman, University of Birmingham Should democracies give foreign aid to countries that are not democracies? Democratic aid donors don’t have enough money to do all the things they want to in the world, so they need to find ways to decide how to ration aid. This means that not...

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