Kenya’s Election Verdict: Bad News For Governance In Africa?

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In the aftermath of the historic Kenyan Supreme court decision to annul the August 2017 Presidential Election results and order a re-run, I have mixed feelings about its implication for the promotion of the rule of law and democracy in Africa. In this opinion article published by the Initiative for Policy Research and Analysis, I argue out a ‘dissenting’ opinion on why the decision may have unintended consequences for governance in Africa.

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TALES FROM ADDIS ABABA (Part 2)

Introduction

In June 2017, I visited, for the first time, Addis Ababa, the famous capital city of Ethiopia and ‘Africa’, and the home of ‘Ras Tafari’. On the side-lines of my 12-day visit, I took time to note some interesting sights and sounds of my stay in Addis Ababa and to share some of my own personal reflections on them for the benefit of my audience. The issues discussed have been thematically Continue reading

TALES FROM ADDIS ABABA (Part 1)

Introduction
In June 2017, I visited, for the first time, Addis Ababa, the famous capital city of Ethiopia and ‘Africa’, and the home of ‘Ras Tafari’. On the side-lines of my 12-day visit, I took time to note some interesting sights and sounds of my stay in Addis Ababa and to share some of my own personal reflections on them for the benefit of my audience. The issues discussed have been thematically arranged to make for easy comprehension. As my blog aims to do, I hope that sharing these reflections Continue reading

Ongoing Research Project

Understanding Governments of National Unity in Africa: Context, Design and Rationale

Intra-state conflicts in Africa have resulted in many governments formed out of power-sharing agreements in what is usually christened as ‘Government of National Unity’ (GoNU) (sometimes called Unity Government or Coalition Government). Whilst this term is popularly used in mass media, political discourse and also in academia, it is employed without consideration for the latent but significant variations that exist in context, institutional design and rationale of such governments of national unity. Hence this qualitative study aims Continue reading

Gambia: Yahya Jammeh and the ECOWAS’ R2P

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In the heat of the moment, when virtually the ‘whole world’ was on the heels of Yahya Jammeh to end his overstay in office after the election victory of a new leader, I took sometime to reflect on the exceptional courage of the West African community of states, and why I thought the intended military action was justifiable. I call it the ECOWAS’ R2P, and you can read my analysis in this link as published by the Initiative for Policy Research and Analysis (InPRA)

Ghana’s Elections: Why is there ‘less trust’ despite more transparency?

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Prior to Ghana’s  general elections peacefully organised and concluded between 7-10 December 2016, the run-up to the event was marked by high levels of stakeholder suspicion for the electoral process. This was a huge paradox considering that Ghana’s electoral process was among the world’s most transparent. I wrote an opionion article seeking to proffer some explanations for this and it was published through two of  Ghana’s  major media outlets; MyJoyonline and Citifmonline. It was also published by the international policy analysis  think-thank, InPRA. Find the article here

What I said in my Graduation Speech

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Dennis Penu (MSc Governance & Development)

On 12 September 2016, I had the privilege of presenting a graduation speech on behalf of the 2015-2016 class of graduating advanced master students from the Institute of Development Policy and Management, University of Antwerp, Belgium. I share with you what I said to the public audience that day. The audio-visual of that speech starts at time 1:30:00 in the recorded proceedings located in this link

Distinguished Guests, new students, ladies and gentlemen,
On behalf of myself and my colleagues I thank you for making time to share in this memorable time of achievement with us as we graduate from this rigorous training process at the Institute of Development Policy and Management of the University of Antwerp. One of the very first clauses we heard during our training here is: ‘Asia is not a country’. Continue reading