Thirty years ago the World Bank recognised that its position was untenable. It put in place mechanisms to make the bank more accountable to ordinary people.
The country urgently needs more people who are committed to living decently to undo the systemic humiliation caused by political and economic institutions.
The trouble is that the ANC’s branch structure, designed initially as a means of grassroots democracy at work, is in a mess.
Ramaphosa’s call for a new social compact will fall on deaf ears unless there are some fundamental changes to the way in which the pandemic is being managed.
The argument isn’t whether African democracies are better than those in the West. It’s simply that the idea of “real” and “not yet real” democracies expresses a colonial mentality, not reality.
African countries’ adoption of e-government platforms hasn’t served the majority of their citizens.
Malawi’s government wants schools to promote democratic principles. But there’s a contradiction between what students are taught and how they’re expected to behave.