Internet Shutdowns Threaten the Functioning of Democracy in Africa

That the presidential election which took place in the Republic of Congo on 21 March 2021 would re-elect Denis Sassou Nguesso was a given. Less certain was whether access to the internet, in particular access to social media, would be interrupted on election day, and in the days that followed as it was in 2016. …

FACT-CHECK: Nigerian Naira Not Weakest Currency in Africa

VERDICT: Misleading CLAIM: On April 21, 2020, fact-checkers at the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) spotted a trending report with the headline, Nigerian Naira fast becoming the weakest currency in Africa. The claim which was widely shared on social media including WhatsApp groups gave a breakdown of the value of the Naira to currencies …

The Futility of Elections: Rethinking Democracy in East Africa

By Su Muhereza and Eshban Kwesiga Despite their frequency and venerated place in the functioning of democracies, elections in East Africa are increasingly violent, plagued by coercion and widespread irregularities and tend to exacerbate existing socio-political tensions without resulting in meaningful political change, improved quality of governance or citizen participation. Recent polls in Rwanda, the …

Don’t Force African Nations To Choose Between Superpowers – CDD Director Idayat Hassan Tells Biden

The Director of the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD), Idayat Hassan, on Friday, February 12, warned the Joe Biden and Kamala Harris administration to desist from forcing African countries to choose between the United States of America, China, or Russia. Hassan said the Biden Administration must focus on strengthening its relationship with African countries …

Experts Call for Improved African Representation on Climate Negotiation Table

As changes in climate and adverse weather conditions which have led to harsh livelihood continue to appear on the front burners of discussion, experts have called for collaboration among critical stakeholders to ensure adequate representation of the Africa continent on the climate negotiation table. The call was made during a webinar organised by the Centre …

Africa, Trump, and the Stakes of the November 3rd Election

 By Prof. Boubacar N’Diaye The challenges Africa faces have not changed that much over the last few years: Reclaim its battered dignity, build sound economies and democratic institutions, and address a pressing security crisis.  In short, to establish throughout the continent effective democratic, accountable political and security governance.  To reach this goal, Africans and their …

Shin An Nada Tsohon Sarkin Kano Sunusi Khalifan Shehu Tijjani Na Nahiyar Afirka?

Tantancewar CDD: Hakan Ba Gaskiya Bane! Tushen Magana: A ranar Litinin, 10 ga watan Agustan shekara ta 2020, masu tantance sahihancin labarai na Cibiyar Bunkasa Demokaradiyya da Cigaba (CDD) suka gano wani labari da ake yadawa shafuka sada zumunta na zamani, labarin yace an nada tsohon sarkin Kano, Malam Muhammadu Sunusi II a matsayi mikamin …