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Ethiopia has seen much physical development and economic growth in the past decade. But the rose tints may be fading. (Photo/Simon Davis/DFID)

Not Long Ago, Ethiopians Said Their Country Was More Democratic Than Botswana, Ghana Or Mauritius

But it seems Ethiopians define ‘democracy’ more instrumentally, in terms of provision of material welfare or effective governance, rather than intrinsically — that is, protecting individual freedoms or following procedures


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Is this a 'farmer' or a 'peasant'? It's not an idle question. (Photo/ DFAT/ Stephen Morrison)

Is The Term ‘Peasant’ Derogatory? What A Word Can Tell Us About A Country’s Political Imagination

I find the word ‘peasant’ to describe a rural subsistence farmer very jarring, yet my Ugandan friends use it quite casually. What’s going on?