Tanzanians at the Uhuru Stadium in Dar es Salaam at the inauguration John Pembe Magufuli in November 2015. (Photo: GCIS)

Tanzania’s Civil Society Raises Alarm, But Magufuli’s Toe-Stepping Ways Are No Big Deal To Some In Africa

Public support for freedom of association is far from universal in Africa; one-third (32%) of citizens say the government should be able to ban any organisation that goes against its policies.


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An effigy seen at a San Diego protest rally on May 26, 2016 showing Trump with the word "Bigot" taped on. (Wikimedia Commons)

As The Dust On Trump’s Victory Settles, Here’s The Unusual Way It’s Linked To Forces Shaping Africa Today

It seems political hardening is increasingly a global phenomenon. Though the local factors that drive a nativist, authoritarian, or anti-liberal mood might be unique to each country, the broader trends are apparent.


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Election poster in Winneba, Ghana, in 2012. Elections matter, but not for the reason you may think; people actually distrust electoral institutions. (Photo/ Flickr/ Andrew Moore)

The Ideal African President: You Could Run Mad Trying To Figure Out What The People Want

Africans trust agencies of the executive branch (the presidency, army, and police) even more than the legislative branch (MPs and local councils). And they distrust electoral institutions most of all – so why have elections?