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Institutional Legacies, Decision Frames and Political Violence in Rwanda and Burundi

Institutional Legacies, Decision Frames and Political Violence in Rwanda and Burundi

Stacey Mitchell
June 14, 2018

Rwanda and Burundi are strikingly similar countries that underwent democratization in the early 1990s. In both, resistance to democratic reforms led to coups d’état and presidential assassinations. A conundrum arises in terms of what transpires next. In Rwanda, total genocide was perpetrated by...

Aid Relations and State Reforms in the Democratic Republic of the Congo: The Politics of Mutual Accommodation and Administrative Neglect

Aid Relations and State Reforms in the Democratic Republic of the Congo: The Politics of Mutual Accommodation and Administrative Neglect

Stylianos Moshonas
June 11, 2018

Since 2001 The Democratic Republic of Congo has been engaged in a three-fold transition process towards liberalisation, democratisation, and peace. Throughout this process, external actors (donors, international financial institutions, the UN system, aid agencies) have played a leading role,...

South Sudan: Post-Independence Dilemmas

South Sudan: Post-Independence Dilemmas

Amir Idris
February 05, 2018

South Sudan: Post-Independence Dilemmas is an interdisciplinary collection of essays which engages with the failure of the newest African State to transition itself successfully to a state and nation after its independence in July 2011. The contributors explore the prospects for new modes of...

The Rwenzururu Movement in Uganda: Struggling for Recognition

The Rwenzururu Movement in Uganda: Struggling for Recognition

Martin Doornbos
October 19, 2017

This book provides a comprehensive account and analysis of the Rwenzururu movement in Western Uganda. The movement began in the 1960s in the Rwenzori region of Toro District, and was a protest by the minority Bakonzo and Baamba ethnic groups against their continued discrimination and...

State-building Interventions in Post-Conflict Liberia: Building a State without Citizens

State-building Interventions in Post-Conflict Liberia: Building a State without Citizens

Susanne Mulbah
September 20, 2017

Post-conflict Liberia has been subjected to extensive international state-building, at some point hosting the largest and one of the longest UN peacekeeping missions in the world, and inflow of aid that exceeds in multiples the GDP. In order to understand the international state-building efforts in...

Mauritania's Colonels: Political Leadership, Civil-Military Relations and Democratization

Mauritania's Colonels: Political Leadership, Civil-Military Relations and Democratization

Boubacar N’Diaye
August 08, 2017

This book, the result of more than a decade of research, focuses on the socio-political dynamics and civil-military relations in a little studied country: Mauritania, located in the troubled North-western part of Africa. Boubacar N’Diaye brings into light the political evolution of this country...

Non-State Social Protection Actors and Services in Africa: Governance Below the State

Non-State Social Protection Actors and Services in Africa: Governance Below the State

Nicholas Awortwi, Gregor Walter-Drop
July 27, 2017

For millions of Africans, the social situation is dire. Over half of the population of Sub-Sahara Africa do not have access to improved sanitation facilities, and about a quarter are undernourished. If factors such as armed conflicts in the region, the impact of climate change, or the widespread...

Traditional Institutions in Contemporary African Governance

Traditional Institutions in Contemporary African Governance

Kidane Mengisteab, Gerard Hagg
May 30, 2017

Most African economies range from moderately advanced capitalist systems with modern banks and stock markets to peasant and pastoral subsistent systems. Most African countries are also characterized by parallel institutions of governance – one is the state sanctioned (formal) system and the other...

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