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Belief in democracy is on the decline in Africa. Traditional institutions can help restore its importance

      By Vladimir Chlouba, University of Richmond   Democracy in Africa has not had a good year. Military juntas from Mali to Niger appear to have cemented their grip on power. Sudan’s democratic dreams were dashed when the country’s two most powerful strongmen opted for war. And there’s now evidence that ordinary Africans may be losing faith in democracy as the best form of government. Afrobarometer, an organisation […]

todayMay 17, 2024 5

South Africa

South Africa’s public service is dysfunctional – the 5 main reasons why

      By Marcel Nagar, University of Johannesburg   A public policy works well if it’s a good policy and if it’s carried out well. Politicians make policy and specialist bureaucrats in the public service carry it out. These appointed officials are supposed to follow a strict professional and ethical code of conduct. Over the past 30 years, South Africa has not had this kind of public service. Public […]

todayMay 17, 2024 5


Electoral Commission of Namibia announces voter registration dates

Namibia is poised for a pivotal democratic moment as it prepares for presidential and National Assembly elections slated for November 27, 2024. Voter registration is set to take place between June 3 and August 1, with all eligible Namibians expected to register afresh to participate in the upcoming elections. The nomination of independent candidates is expected to take place on October 14, while the nomination court for political parties is […]

todayMay 6, 2024 17


Opposition accuses Togo government of extending President’s rule

Tensions have risen in Togo as parliamentary and regional elections are underway amid controversy over a new constitution extending President Faure Gnassingbé's term. The BBC reports that opposition parties have accused the government of using the reform to extend Gnassingbé's family's 57-year rule, allowing him to potentially stay in power until 2031.

todayApril 29, 2024 4


India’s election kicks off Friday with nearly 1 billion voters

It's the final countdown to the start of the world's largest election. Nearly 1 billion people are eligible to vote. Polling will be conducted in seven phases with a winner declared only on June 4th. A total of 970 million people are eligible to vote in the election – more than the populations of the US, European Union and Russia combined. There will be more than a million polling stations […]

todayApril 18, 2024 9


In the age of cancel culture, shaming can be healthy for online communities – a political scientist explains when and how

Public shaming can help uphold online community norms. bo feng/iStock via Getty Images     By Jennifer Forestal, Loyola University Chicago   “Cancel culture” has a bad reputation. There is growing anxiety over this practice of publicly shaming people online for violating social norms ranging from inappropriate jokes to controversial business practices. Online shaming can be a wildly disproportionate response that violates the privacy of the shamed while offering them no […]

todayApril 17, 2024 9


Tanzanians go to the polls in 2025: President Samia has changed the landscape, but Magufuli’s legacy persists

    By Nicodemus Minde, United States International University   It’s been three years since the death of Tanzania’s president John Magufuli and the rise to power of current president Samia Suluhu Hassan. Magufuli was Tanzania’s fifth president. He came to power in 2015 and was re-elected in 2020 in a poll that was marred by controversy. Magufuli brought lasting changes to Tanzania’s political landscape during his six-year tenure. His […]

todayApril 16, 2024 1


India elections: ‘Our rule of law is under attack from our own government, but the world does not see this’

    By Sandhya Fuchs, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam   On a crisp winter morning in February 2023, I meet one of my South Delhi neighbours, a lawyer in India’s supreme court, in a local cafe. As an avid promoter of religious minority rights, known for his commitment to the principles of equality that were enshrined in the constitution after India gained independence in 1947, I am taken aback by the […]

todayApril 15, 2024 10

Opinion Pieces

After the euphoria of Nelson Mandela’s election, what happened next? Podcast

    By Gemma Ware, The Conversation and Thabo Leshilo, The Conversation   It was a moment many South Africans never believed they’d live to see. On 10 May 1994, Nelson Mandela was inaugurated as president of a democratic South Africa, ending the deadly and brutal white minority apartheid regime. To mark 30 years since South Africa’s post-apartheid transition began, The Conversation Weekly podcast is running a special three-part podcast […]

todayApril 11, 2024 5