Democracy & Governance

Where are African solutions to Africa problems?

The African Union has been criticised for not doing enough to help the continent overcome its many crises. Why do African leaders still run to the West for help and could the Union do more to fulfil its mandate of finding African solutions to African problems?

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Big tech’s role in African elections: A double-edged sword

Global technology giants are shaping the future of African politics in complex and myriad ways. Big tech offers powerful tools to engage citizens and enhance democracy. However, tighter regulation and greater accountability is needed to combat voter manipulation, misinformation and privacy concerns.

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A new shift to the right in Latin America?

Public and political influence of the extreme right has grown exponentially in Latin America. Jair Bolsonaro has already held power in Brazil while paleolibertarian Javier Milei was recently elected president in Argentina. What dangers does this pose for democracy?

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The limits of ‘one person, one vote’ in the age of disillusionment and anti-politics: Experiences from the Philippines and Indonesia

The context and dynamics of suffrage and the overall ability of citizens to claim their rights have changed. Inequality, which the COVID-19 pandemic magnified, and extreme polarisation deter citizens from meaningful participation. A rights-based approach to address these problems is imperative.

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Preparing responses to crises: Key lessons learnt from the impact of COVID-19 on marginalised communities

The COVID-19 pandemic was a large-scale human disaster on all fronts. It is worth identifying four structural defects in the governance response, ten lessons that need to be imbibed and a five point agenda for change.

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Democracy as the expired vaccine for Mexico: the return to a militarist state

Mexico is increasingly moving away from democracy and proof of this is the return of militarism through institutionalised populism. Is there a medicine for such a disease or will the remaining institutions do the work?

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A Different Vaccine? Towards decent and humane leadership

The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered unprecedented challenges. Several solutions have been provided. A decent leadership that entails elements of empathy and humanity is proposed as a different type of ‘vaccine’.

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The Glocal Twist of the Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic is both global and local at the same time. To fight the pandemic, it takes global efforts, collaboration across all national borders, and it will only be successful if local and individual actors complete the efforts.

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Low Supply and Public Mistrust Hinder COVID-19 Vaccine Roll-out in Africa

While developed nations are on track in immunising their citizens against COVID-19, Africa lags far behind. The continent needs more supplies but governments and scientific institutions must try harder to dispel widespread public mistrust causing high levels of vaccine hesitancy.

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The Normalisation of Emergency Powers: Lessons from UK counterterrorism legislative practice

COVID-19 vaccination programmes give reason to hope that emergency public health measures can soon be repealed. However, a historical perspective on emergency measures in response to terrorism suggests caution is required in order to avoid the ‘normalisation’ of these measures.

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