Africa News Headlines for 26 October 2015 – Tanzania Election Edition

A selection of headlines about the presidential election that took place in Tanzania on Sunday, October 25, 2015. 40 Tanzanian opposition volunteers arrested after election, says Chadema party Source: Times of Oman/Reuters Fraud claims in Tanzania as vote counting continues Source: Deutsche Welle Tensions rise in Tanzania as ruling party takes early lead Source: Daily …

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Ivory Coast’s journey to democracy: an under-reported good news story

John J Stremlau, University of the Witwatersrand Ivory Coast is rapidly becoming a politically capable democracy – one able to inspire and partner with its neighbours in recovering from decades of chaos and state collapse. It is a counterpoint to more general international fears of democracy’s decline. Just four years ago, global news from Ivory …

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Measuring ‘governance’ to improve lives

Robert Rotberg, Harvard University Botswana does more for its people than Kenya; India delivers more quality services than Pakistan; Barbados is better at these things than Haiti or Jamaica; and Singapore offers the kinds of public goods that Malaysia does not yet provide. All kinds of officials and citizens, at home and abroad, want to …

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Pockets of progress in Africa’s election landscape

Kealeboga J Maphunye, University of South Africa If democracy is understood as a broad concept that includes regular free and fair elections, a system of government that ensures greater public participation, freedom of expression and the right to protest and challenge governments, then Africa is still lagging far behind democracies in Asia, South and North …

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New Africa Book of the Day – 18 May 2015

Democracy in Africa: Successes, Failures, and the Struggle for Political Reform, by by Nic Cheeseman Release Date: May 12, 2015 Publisher: Cambridge University Press This book provides the first comprehensive overview of the history of democracy in Africa and explains why the continent’s democratic experiments have so often failed, as well as how they could …

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