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The Malawi elections 2014: a family affair

Hannah Gibson reflects on the 2014 presidential election in Malawi. Widely touted as the most hotly contested since the return to multi-party politics, they saw President Joyce Banda ousted after just two years at the helm.
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Participation, with a little more bite

Edgar Pieterse argues that recasting participation as a genuine force of social transformation requires a frank assessment of power relations in cities across Africa and the world.
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Who will plan Africa’s cities?

Africa’s cities are growing and changing rapidly. Without appropriate planning, they will become increasingly chaotic, inefficient and unsustainable. In many countries, planning legislation dates back to the colonial era.
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Parliament in Somaliland: reforming the upper house

Hannah Gibson acknowledges the invaluable mediation role of the Guurti in Somaliland, but argues that for it to be effective in the future it must regain moral authority and public trust.
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Launch of After Borama: Consensus, representation and parliament in Somaliland

[display_podcast] On the eve of local elections in November 2012, Africa Research Institute interviewed ten prominent Somalilanders, including the three Speakers of the House of Representatives, two government ministers, MPs, civil society activists and representatives of women’s...
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Negotiating peace in Somalia: An insight from Somaliland

Edward Paice suggests that the unique path taking by Somaliland to bring about peace and stability contains valuable insights for the region more broadly.
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Lilongwe launch of “Duty of Care: Constitutional and law reform in Malawi”

As chief law reform officer at the Malawi Law Commission, Dr Janet Chikaya-Banda oversaw a two-year constitutional review programme in 2004-6. In her timely account, she explains the importance of continuous, systematic law reform in young democracies and the role that it can...