Law & Governance

How social media is transforming African politics

A TOOL FOR POLITICAL ENGAGEMENT Social media platforms can increase political participation by making it possible for ordinary citizens to share their views. All you need is internet access and you’re ready to go. Twitter has been a particularly important social media platform for politics because it is easily accessible

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Climate Refugees

A climate refugee is a person that has been displaced from their home due to the effects of climate change on their environment. Changes in the environment force people to leave, because it can cause wars and hunger as a result of a lack of resources. There are currently 64

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Elements of Government: The Civil Service

WHAT IS THE CIVIL SERVICE? The Civil Service is a branch of government which is independent of the Executive and is responsible for implementing government policy. The Civil Service generally aims to be a non-political body. This means it will act in a neutral way which does not favour any

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The Sidama Referendum: Ethiopia’s fight for stability

Ethiopia’s upcoming referendum on self-determination for its ethnic Sidama community has been dominated by headlines of violence and civil unrest. Since July, at least 40 people have died in clashes between state security forces and activists in Southern Ethiopia. The country’s leaders have historically struggled with the challenge of providing

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Part 1: Recent Changes to Drug Laws in South Africa

In recent years, global attitudes towards the drug cannabis as both a medicinal and a recreational drug have been shifting. Many countries have seen changes in law to reflect the more liberal views of their voters: sometimes decreasing penalities for possession and usage, and sometimes permitting cannabis for medical purposes.

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Understanding political parties

By the end of 2019 there will have been elections in at least 20 African countries, with 15 more planned to take place in 2020. Millions of people across the continent will be going to vote – many for the first time in their lives. Voters will have to choose

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