Regional Consultation Strengthening Reparation Measures In Transitional Justice Process In The ECOWAS Region 

The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD-West Africa), in collaboration with the Department of Political Affairs of the ECOWAS Commission, organised a regional consultation on ‘Strengthening Reparation Measures in Transitional Justice Process in the ECOWAS region’ from 25 to 26 January 2022 in Cotonou, Republic of Benin. The purpose of the meeting, which brought together …

Regional Consultation On Strengthening The Role Of Legal Practitioners And Justice Stakeholders In Transitional Justice Process In The Ecowas Region 

In collaboration with the Department of Political Affairs of the ECOWAS Commission, the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD-West Africa) organised a ‘Regional Consultation on Strengthening the Role of Legal Practitioners and Justice Stakeholders in Transitional Justice Process in the ECOWAS region’ from 5 to 6 October 2021 in Accra, Ghana. Its objective was to …

Regional Strategy Meeting on Enhancing Traditional Justice in Traditional Justice Process In The Ecowas Region

The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD-West Africa), in collaboration with the Department of Political Affairs of the ECOWAS Commission, organised a regional strategic meeting on ‘Enhancing Traditional Justice Mechanisms in Transitional Justice Process in the ECOWAS Region’ from 27 to 28 January 2022 in Cotonou, Republic of Benin. The objective of the meeting was …

Multiple Nodes,Common Causes: National Stocktake of Contemporary Insecurity and State Responses in Nigeria 

The Nigerian body politic faces a seeming epidemic of insecurity spanning jihadist insurgency, criminal banditry, farmer-herder conflicts, and violent separatist agitations. While governmental responses have overwhelming followed a militarised path to resolving these multifaceted conflicts, such interventions do not appear to have substantially diminished insecurity. 

REQUIEM FOR DEMOCRACY

On September 5, 2021, the military ended the eleven-year ‘reign’ of Alpha Conde in Guinea. The coup was led by Colonel Mamady Doumbouya, the head of Guinea’s Special Forces. The military have since received assurances of cooperation from the major opposition party, the National Alliance for Change and Democracy (ANAD), and the Convergence for Renewal …

BENIN’S FAKE NEWS ECOSYSTEM: An Overview

La propagation des fausses nouvelles ou infox, appelées ‘’fake news’’ chez les Anglo-Saxons, a pris une ampleur inquiétante et dévastatrice au Bénin au cours de la dernière décennie. La flambée de la circulation des fausses nouvelles a coïncidé avec l’augmentation du taux de pénétration de l’internet, la croissance du parc internet mobile et l’émergence des …

Burkina Faso's fake news ecostem

BURKINA FASO’S FAKE NEWS ECOSYSTEM: An Overview

l’image de la situation dans les autres États, les fausses informations font aujourd’hui partie intégrante de l’écosystème de la circulation de l’information au Burkina Faso. Ces fausses informations côtoient les vraies informations dans un contexte marqué par le développement des réseaux sociaux numériques et internet de façon générale. Dans cet environnement, tandis que les médias …

TOGO’S FAKE NEWS ECOSYSTEM: An Overview

Les fausses nouvelles sont un phénomène qui n’épargne pas le Togo à l’instar d’autres pays du monde. Il importe donc d’essayer de comprendre les mécanismes qui gouvernent leur rapide diffusion pour trouver les voies de mitigation. L’écosystème de l’information au Togo est composé de deux branches : les médias traditionnels (la presse écrite, la radio, …

NIGER’S FAKE NEWS ECOSYSTEM: An Overview

Niger’s first private media entities emerged in the 1990s following the fall of the single-party and military era. However, the birth of private media did not lead to free and independent media. A bipolar media system quickly took shape, with public media tending to support the ruling party and private media siding with the opposition. …

GUINEE’S FAKE NEWS ECOSYSTEM: An Overview

En Guinée, les fausses informations circulent sur toutes les plateformes d’information et aussi dans les espaces en ligne comme hors ligne. On note toutefois que les réseaux sociaux jouent un rôle d’amplificateurs des fausses informations qui sont propagées, de même que le bouche à oreille dans certaines circonstances. Les fausses informations sont plus perceptibles pendant …

GHANA’S FAKE NEWS ECOSYSTEM: An Overview

This report explores Ghana’s fake news ecosystem examining key actors in the online and offline space and the origins of their authority; key online information platforms and the interaction between offline media and non-media structures that shape information flows and gender dynamics. Ten interviews were undertaken to augment secondary data gathered from online and offline …

GUINEA BISSAU’S FAKE NEWS ECOSYSTEM: An Overview

Guinea-Bissau has faced cyclical instability and insecurity for the last two decades.These episodes of political breakdown have ranged in scale, from armed attempts to overthrow the president, to assassination plots, to countless extra-judicial imprisonments and beatings. The country has become infamous for the fact that successive elected governments and heads of state have not been …

SENEGAL’S FAKE NEWS ECOSYSTEM: An Overview

A l’image de ce qui se passe dans plusieurs Àpays, les fausses informations prennent de l’ampleur dans l’espace public au Sénégal. Le phénomène en soi n’est pas nouveau, mais il est aujourd’hui accentué et vulgarisé avec l’avènement des réseaux sociaux et autres plateformes numériques. Les acteurs responsables de la création et diffusion des fausses informations …

CABO VERDE’S FAKE NEWS ECOSYSTEM: An Overview

This study, which draws on 16 key informant interviews with academics, journalists, lawyers, and social media users and an extensive review of relevant reports, documents, and social media posts, provides one of the first comprehensive overviews of the, increasingly digital, information eco-system in Cabo Verde. Technology advancements and the emergence of social media have brought …

SIERRA LEONE’S FAKE NEWS ECOSYSTEM: An Overview

In January 2020 internet penetration in Sierra Leone was 25% and there were an estimated 700,000 active social media users, with Facebook, Twitter, and WhatsApp the most used applications. These new media platforms act as both sources and enablers of fake news. The internet has also influenced news gathering and content production in the sense …

MALI’S FAKE NEWS ECOSYSTEM: An Overview

This study aims to better understand key facets of the ecosystem of fake news in Mali. It argues that the deteriorated political context in the country has facilitated the proliferation of fake news. The Malian fake news ecosystem is also thriving in the traditional media which is dominated by the political and economic elite who …

#EndSARS and Beyond

2020 will be remembered as the year of #EndSARS, the series of explosive, youth-led protests against police brutality and impunity that caught the Nigerian government by surprise and eventually forced it to make some concessions to the protesters. Starting in the first week of October and continuing for the next several weeks, the protests erupted …

GETTING WOMEN ELECTED: CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES

Since Nigeria returned to democratic Governance in 1999, it has completed seven election cycles. In all theseelections, women have been largely marginalized in the political space at all levels. According to the Inter-ParliamentaryUnion 2019 rankings, Nigeria has one of the lowest rates of women’s s legislative representation in Africa. This paper will examine the historical …

NIGERIA’S HUMAN RIGHTS RECORD An assessment of the last two decades

The struggles for human rights in Nigeria have been long, arduous, and continue to this day. Before establishing the current democratic government in 1999, Nigerians were subjected to sixteen years of oppressive military rule marked by scores of human rights violations. The Nigerian military not only governed with brute force but also institutionalized human rights …