My work at the East African Resilience Innovation Hub feeds into what hopefully will be my final thesis- on Elasticity of Democracy in Mosaic Societies (focusing on the Eastern Africa region).
Electoral systems are a crucial part of democracy, yet often these systems are being exerted on societies that are split by deep cleavages of race, religion, language, or ethnicity- this is what we refer to as Mosaic Societies. We seek to move away from a ‘fixed’ notion of democracy to one that accommodates the dynamics at play within mosaic societies.
The main objective of research is to: Identify and interrogate different models of democracy within divided societies in Eastern Africa and evaluate their relationship with electoral conflict.
Leading in Public life Young African Leaders Programme (2016) University of Cape Town