Voting – perhaps in vain – for the Ugandan opposition.
Elections are easy to rig, and they give authoritarian leaders a veneer of legitimacy they badly need.
One government transparency movement may now be threatened by the other.
During Sunshine Week, three scholars of government transparency look at a potential collision between the old freedom of information movement and the new open government movement. Is there room for both?
New research concludes that there are many “Lost Einsteins” in America – children who had the ability to become inventors but didn’t because of where they were born.
A new analysis shows how family background influences who grows up to invent. The key to turning things around? Expose kids to more inventors.
Hydropower plays a massive role electrifying many countries.
Many countries in eastern and southern Africa rely on hydropower for electricity generation and there are plans for several more dams.
Chinese President Xi Jinping reviews the guard of honour on a state visit to Zimbabwe.
A narrow interest in whether Beijing actively pushed for Mugabe’s fall is based on the assumption that the China-Africa relationship is an isolated phenomenon.
Map of the world’s CO₂ emissions for 2016. China, the United States, tne European Union, and India are the largest emitters.
World Carbon Atlas
Consistent carbon pricing is a key element in the fight against climate change.
Carte des émissions de CO₂ dans le monde pour 2016. La Chine, les États-Unis, L’Europe des 28 et l’Inde sont les plus gros émetteurs.
Atlas mondial du carbone
Instaurer une tarification carbone cohérente constitue un élément clé de la lutte contre le changement climatique.
Hang on mum, I’m just catching up on The Conversation.
Technology enables many ways of interacting. We need to be more specific and scientific.
Popular claims about media harm don’t always stack up against the evidence.
The rise in student-on-student sexual assaults at school has been linked to the sexualisation of kids, and their easy access to online pornography.
China’s proposed one belt, one road route map
China has launched a quietly aggressive global trade, development and infrastructure initiative based on the ancient Silk Road model. But is Africa welcome on the journey to renewed prosperity?
Financial inclusion has been touted as one of the solutions to addressing poverty in South Africa.
Entities at the centre of the storm engulfing South Africa's social grants distribution system have claimed to be champions of financial inclusion. The claim in itself is scandalous.
In a nation where urban living is the ultimate attainment, some households are bracing against the surging tide of development.
Pavel L Photo and Video/Shutterstock
There is a way to get homes where we need them, and it's about making the most of what we've already got.
The United Nations has seldom been under more pressure to prove it's valuable. But it might have found a way.
Vladimir Putin's aggressive nuclear strategy threatens to unpick decades of careful negotiation.
Another 'last chance' has been missed. But while talks disintegrate, islanders are just getting on with peace in practice.
Donald Trump’s reinvention of the royal fiat as rule-by-tweet, or ‘twiat’, is anti-democratic and needs to be resisted.
Donald Trump is reinventing the royal fiat by novel means: the rule-by-tweet, or 'twiat'. This move is not an extension of popular democracy, but its enemy, and it needs to be resisted.
Space exploration and exploitation has changed a lot in 50 years.
The Outer Space Treaty, now 50 years old, has so far never been violated. But things could be about to change.
Social networks built on blockchain technology, such as Steemit, promise a far more democratic experience.
South Africa’s opinion of its role in Africa is at odds with perceptions on the continent.
South Africa considers itself to be playing a key role in promoting the 'African Agenda' in continental and world affairs. But perceptions in the rest of Africa tell a different story.