Ep79. A conversation with Ken Opalo about political institutions, public goods, and more

In the newswrap this week, we talk about Nigeria fact-checking, Botswana’s elections, terrorist attacks in West Africa, and more. This week’s featured conversation is with Ken Opalo (@kopalo), an Assistant Professor at the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He talks about his newly published book, Legislative Development in Africa: Politics and Postcolonial Legacies. Long-time listeners might recall that Ken was on the show back in 2017, ahead of the Kenyan elections. Have a listen to Rachel’s conversation with Ken about his book and about his next project, which examines government provision of public goods, like health services. Their conversation begins at 13:36.  … More Ep79. A conversation with Ken Opalo about political institutions, public goods, and more

Ep77. A conversation on agriculture and innovation in Africa with YALI Mandela Fellows

This week’s episode opens up with discussion about the recent elections in Botswana and Mozambique, the anti-sanctions protests in Zimbabwe, post-peace prize Ethiopia, and more. 

Co-host Rachel Beatty Riedl moderates this week’s conversation on agriculture and innovation in Africa. Our guests are Kudzai Kutukwa, Kitso Dube, and Andrew Dillon. Kudzai and Kitso were YALI Mandela Fellows at Northwestern University earlier this year, when this conversation was recorded.

Kudzai is the co-founder and CEO of Mobbisurance, which is a startup that develops multi-based crop insurance products and other financial services for small-holder farmers. Kitso currently serves as a loan officer for FBC Holdings, helping communities that are marginalized access financial services in Zimbabwe. Andrew is a development economist, appointed as a Clinical Associate Professor within the Kellogg School of Management’s Public-Private Interface Initiative and a Research Associate Professor in the Global Poverty Research Lab at the Buffett Institute. The panel discussion begins at 12:36. … More Ep77. A conversation on agriculture and innovation in Africa with YALI Mandela Fellows

Ep72. A conversation with Susanna Wing on intergroup violence and instability in Mali

In this week’s episode, we start with news about LGBTQ rights in Botswana, Russian interference in African countries’ domestic politics, and east African governments announcing increased spending on infrastructure. We also mention the upcoming book launch for Jeffrey Paller and Noah Nathan’s respective books at CDD-Ghana on June 19th.

This week’s conversation is with Susanna Wing, associate professor of political science at Haverford College. She is author of the award-winning book, Constructing Democracy in Transitioning Societies of Africa: Constitutionalism and Deliberation in Mali, that was later published in paperback in 2010 as Constructing Democracy in Africa: Mali in Transition. Earlier this week Susanna wrote a helpful explainer piece about the recent violence and instability in Mali, which we talk about in this week’s episode. Our conversation begins at 11:11. … More Ep72. A conversation with Susanna Wing on intergroup violence and instability in Mali

Before our break: Dr. Mampilly’s decolonizing questions, Ugali politics, sanitary pads for Kenyan schoolgirls, and more

This is our last blog post before Ufahamu Africa takes a break for the month of July. As promised in our latest episode featuring Dr. Zachariah Mampilly (@Ras_Karya), below we have transcribed the questions he asked as the end of his remarks at our May 2017 AALAC workshop on decolonizing the study of African politics … More Before our break: Dr. Mampilly’s decolonizing questions, Ugali politics, sanitary pads for Kenyan schoolgirls, and more