All elections are a transaction of sorts. Citizens trade their vote for certain outcomes that are important to them. (Photo/ Flickr/ Heinrich-Boll-Stiftung)

The Logic Of Buying Votes In Africa: What Works, What Doesn’t, And What It All Means

When vote buying is successful, it works mostly because it is a signaling mechanism and not really because of the cold, hard monetary value of the bribe


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Justice graffiti in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo/ Flickr/ Ben Sutherland)

Why Poorer People In Africa Don’t Go To Court: And Surprise, Surprise, It’s Not Just About Money

Court costs and long delays are an important deterrent for both groups, but these weigh much more on the minds of wealthier respondents than among the poorest; the latter are also likely to say they fear being treated unfairly


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President Jacob Zuma plays chess against Ybella Xulu, at a tournament held at Nkandla in 2013. Nkandla has become symbolic of Zuma's chess moves against corruption allegations. (Photo/ Flickr/GCIS)

Africa In The 2016 Corruption Perceptions Index: Some Gains, Some Slides, And Much Stagnation

Cape Verde and Sao Tome and Principe are the most improved African countries on the Corruption Perceptions index, but several others, including South Africa, Nigeria, Tanzania and Kenya failed to improve their scores


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Church steeple in the morning mist outside Kabale, southwestern Uganda. (Photo/ Wikimedia commons)

‘Faith’ Is Important In Uganda, Young People Say. But Not Integrity

Why would young people say faith was their most important value, but fail to esteem integrity? It suggests faith may be more of a kind of ‘insurance’, rather than a code for moral and ethical living.