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
We’ve been a little behind in sharing links of things we’ve mentioned in our last three episodes, so here is a round-up of everything, starting with our most recent episode. … More Links roundup: book recommendations, elections in Nigeria and Madagascar, and more!
Happy Enkutatash, y’all. In this week’s episode, we chatted with Professor Landry Signé (@LandrySigne), a Distinguished Fellow at Stanford University’s Center for African Studies, founding Chairman of the award-wining Global Network for Africa’s Prosperity, and Professor of Political Science and Senior Adviser to the Chancellor and Provost on International Affairs at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Our conversation was largely … More Links this week: Kenya’s do-over election, Togo protests, Peace Corps pulls out of Burkina, and more
Here’s the round-up of links from this week’s episode, which features a chat with Dr. Kathleen Klaus (@KathleenKlaus), Visiting Assistant Professor of Government at Wesleyan University. ICYMI, Klaus and I talk about the recent election in Kenya, including Friday’s Supreme Court announcement to void the presidential election. Here are a few good reads about the … More Links this week: Films, “Big Brother Africa” and voiding the Kenya election
Here’s what we’re reading and learning from the continent this week: The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission in Kenya has officially declared incumbent president Uhuru Kenyatta the winner of the presidential election. Georgetown University professor Ken Opalo (@kopalo) has some initial reflections on his blog about Kenyatta’s win, including a preliminary debrief on pre-election predictions. … More Links this week: Elections in Kenya & Mauritania, Ghana’s satellite, books & more
In this week’s episode, we chatted with Anna Mwaba (@annakapambwe) about her research on the African Union (AU) and on election monitoring. Just before our episode went live, former South African president Thabo Mbeki called on AU observers to intervene should things go wrong in Kenya’s election. (We’re quite certain our chat had nothing to … More Links this week: Elections in Rwanda and Kenya, Nigeria’s missing president, & more
Here are a few of the things we shared in this week’s episode that featured a conversation with Dr. Kennedy Opalo (@kopalo) on the upcoming Kenyan elections: Lipolelo Thabane, the estranged wife of Lesotho’s prime minister, Thomas Thabane, was shot dead last week. Ms. Thabane was only 58, and she and her friend were travelling … More Links this week: Lesotho inauguration, deaths of African footballers, and more on Kenya’s elections