The Open Government Partnership can play an important part by increasing trust among citizens and public accountability in Africa.
The Open Government Partnership promotes transparency, public accountability and civic participation in government to combat corruption. It is hoped South Africa will help it grow in Africa.
Tanzania’s John Magufuli greets ruling party members after being declared winner of the presidential elections.
Tanzania’s new president, John Pombe Magufuli, needs to change the country's lukewarm attitude to the EAC and regional integration, which has cast a shadow over the future prospects of the region.
Students want change. Universities want autonomy. Is there a middle ground?
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Many universities in East and West Africa lost their autonomy during the 1980s and 1990s and became handmaidens of the state. What insights can their experiences offer for South Africa?
English is Uganda’s official language - but wouldn’t it make sense to adopt a few more along with it?
Joshua Wanyama/Africa Knows
The stories of and attitudes to three particular languages – English, Swahili and Luganda – provide an interesting starting point for a debate around Uganda's language policy.
Africa’s future academics must be found, developed, nurtured and retained.
Africa needs to develop a new generation of academics to drive the continent's teaching, learning, research and critical thinking into the future.
Projects are underway to address sustainable energy transitions in cities like Uganda’s Kasese.
Sustainable energy is crucial for smaller African cities which are generally overlooked. These cities receive much less research and funding focus.
Robert Mugabe, the nonagenarian Zimbabwean president, is the poster boy for Africa’s ageing leaders.
Why is Africa so saddled with ageing presidents who ought to be enjoying their retirement in peace when the continent desperately needs young, agile and innovative leaders equal to its challenges?
Ugandans living in rural areas are being driven off their land by corporations developing tree plantations to offset their carbon footprint.
Far from the expected development, forestry plantations and other carbon market initiatives in Uganda have severely compromised ecologies and livelihoods of the local people.
Ugandan children are meant to learn in local mother tongues for their first three years of primary school.
In Uganda, private schools are simply ignoring a policy that calls for pupils to learn in a mother tongue rather than in English for the first three years of their education.
Gorillas in the wild: better than a zoo.
The fortunes of the world's remaining wild gorillas is linked to prosperity in the places where they live - hence the high price of tourist permits. But with economic development comes economic threats too.
Teachers in Uganda routinely use physical violence and corporal punishment to discipline children.
A ban on corporal punishment has not stopped the practice in Uganda's schools. An initiative in the East African country may hold the solutions - and could be used in other countries, too.
The mobilisation of women has taken on many forms across the continent.
Writing about the women’s and feminist movements is a definitional minefield. The two are often conflated, more so in Africa.
‘Beginning and Ending’, a sculpture by David Hlongwane, stands at the entrance to the University of the Western Cape.
University of the Western Cape media office
More and more African universities are realigning themselves to tackle their countries' societal and economic problems.
James with his latest work.
Conceptions of forced displacement are very often tied to the notion of "loss". But certain things do remain.
Policymakers and the outcomes they produce can play a powerful role in shaping public opinion on questions of same-sex rights.
Government policies regulating sexuality play a significant role in shaping citizens’ attitudes about sexual orientation and same-sex relationships.
Health workers rest outside a quarantine zone at a Red Cross facility in eastern Sierra Leone in this file picture from December last year.
African health leaders do not often get the chance to tell the stories of their public health achievements and challenges.
Notorious: Mathieu Ngudjolo, who awaits the ICC’s latest verdict.
As the Democratic Republic of Congo seeks justice for one of its most notorious massacres, it's also preparing to engage Rwandan fighters once again.
T'aint you, it’s me.
“Don’t go all Anglican on me!” quipped Archbishop John Sentamu, as he teased the congregation into a louder affirmation of Libby Lane’s consecration as the Church of England’s first woman bishop on Monday…
Justice at last? An LRA rebel.
On January 6 2014, the US State Department reported that a Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) commander had handed himself in at an American base in the Central African Republic. The man identified himself as…
The Gambia’s Yahya Jammeh ‘cures’ one of his citizens of HIV/AIDS.
With the world’s attention on the tragedy of the recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa, another awful development has largely slipped under the radar. In The Gambia, a small country frequented each year…