Elections & Governance

Representing a range of engaging perspectives on elections and governance in Africa, these Kujenga Amani essays highlight various democratic reforms, institutional analyses, and various strategies for achieving good governance in Africa.

Essays | September 11, 2015

Peace at Stake in Burundi: Could the Crisis Escalate, and Is There a Way Out?

“The commitment of a section of the opposition to unseating Nkurunziza’s regime, coupled with divisions within the military and the police, could turn the conflict into a civil war, while state responses to repress the opposition could lead to the spreading of violence across the country…Hope remains that peace can be achieved in Burundi, but the window of opportunity is closing fast.”

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Protesters clash with Burundian security forces following a failed coup d’état.
Essays | May 11, 2015

Press Freedoms and the Need to Repeal Draconian Media Legislation in Tanzania

“Press freedom is an important element of the democratization process. The freedom to report critically and question decisions promotes transparency and accountability and helps build robust, open, and democratic institutions …. Increased media freedoms and citizens’ access to information are essential to attaining these goals and consolidating democratic governance and political stability.”

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Newspaper journalists in Tanzania discuss online multi-platform strategies.
Essays | January 9, 2015

Amending the Uganda Constitution: Isn’t It Time to Rethink the Process and the Key Issues?

“As Ugandans we need to push for a systematic and comprehensive overhaul of the entire constitution, which in its current form is a representation of elite interests. The new constitution must rethink governance as a never-ending process of exercising power to manage public affairs and resources in a manner that allows for equitable redistribution of benefits to all.”

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Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni.
Essays | October 2, 2014

Malawi’s 2014 Elections: An Assessment

“The elections of 2014 demonstrated a lot of weaknesses in Malawi’s electoral system…which renders it vulnerable to errors that can conceivably undermine completely the credibility of elections conducted in Malawi’s future. A critical reassessment of the process and its reform are therefore necessary to avoid a repeat of the chaos that was the 2014 elections.”

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An individual counts votes during an election.
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