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Unless councillors are helped to focus on their representative roles, local democracy’s effectiveness could be in danger. AAP/Darren Pateman

How council mergers and reforms imperil local government democracy

If local councils are bigger and councillors represent more residents, it is important that they focus on understanding their communities’ needs and aspirations, rather than on day-to-day operations.
It is great news that we have moved well beyond the single story of the starving African but we do not want to fall into a binary trap and adopt another unfortunate stereotype in its place.

Stereotyping Africa: from impoverishment to ‘Africa Rising’

Depictions of Africa used to be the relentless negative image of suffering and impoverished victims. but now there is a new narrative, ‘Africa Rising’.
A train passes through the Kibera slum of Kenya’s capital, Nairobi. Representations of Africa tend to focus on these kinds of depictions. Reuters/Darrin Zammit Lupi

Ordinary people’s stories can change the world’s views about Africa

For decades, media representations of African poverty have been of disease, disaster, conflict, and poverty and have coloured how the rest of the world views Africa.

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