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Grassroots justice in Rwanda

Since 2001, the gacaca community courts have been the centrepiece of Rwanda’s justice and reconciliation process. Nearly every adult Rwandan has participated in the trials, but lawyers are banned from any official involvement. Human rights organisations fiercely opposed the use...
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Rapid Urbanisation in sub-Saharan Africa is a fallacy

It is frequently asserted that urbanisation levels are rising faster in sub-Saharan Africa than anywhere else in the world. In the latest Counterpoint from Africa Research Institute, “Whatever happened to Africa’s rapid urbanisation?”, Dr. Deborah Potts presents evidence to show...
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Launch of “Whatever happened to Africa’s rapid urbanisation?”

Launch of “Whatever happened to Africa’s rapid urbanisation?” with a presentation by author Dr. Deborah Potts and response from Dr David Cowan of Citibank.  Discussion chaired by Edward Paice. It is widely believed that urbanisation is occurring faster in...
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Urbanisation in Africa: by the numbers

Rapid urbanisation is being portrayed – by the UN, the World Bank and many others – as a potential developmental “silver bullet” for Africa. Edward Paice argues these claims are too simplistic and overly-optimistic.
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Aid to help women in Africa undermined by jargon

International donors have sought to improve the social, political and economic position of women in Africa through an approach known as “gender”. A new Counterpoint publication from Africa Research Institute – Talking gender to Africa – argues that this strategy is failing. The...
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Think tank argues protests in Malawi are not sudden eruption

As protests against the government of Malawi sweep the capital Lilongwe, the commercial capital Blantyre, and the northern city of Mzuzu, Africa Research Institute reveals how Malawians have long used public radio to voice social, political and economic grievances. Voices of...
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Think tank recommends measures for curbing violence in run-up to Sierra Leone’s 2012 elections

In a briefing published on the 50th anniversary of Sierra Leone’s independence, Africa Research Institute examines the causes and history of electoral strife in the country. Every election since independence in 1961 has been attended by violence. Old Tricks, Young Guns: Elections...
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Old Tricks, Young Guns: Elections and violence in Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone is acclaimed as one of Africa’s most successful post-conflict states. But the country remains fragile. Support for political parties is polarised on ethnic and regional lines, and underwritten by patronage. Youth unemployment is endemic.