Prof. Makau Mutua explores the import of the BBI recently launched report and the possibility of realignments that could surprise Kenyans as the elite works to manage the Kenyatta Succession.
Prof. Makau Mutua reflects on recent political developments in the USA and the massive democratic tests the country is facing. He offers a perspective on America's unique capacity for political self-correction but also a dark history with regard to the matter of race that haunts the country and has been dramatically apparent during the tenure of President Donald Trump and will not be resolved in a hurry.
A conversation exploring the different dimensions and nuances of Pan Africanism. Dr Mshai Mwangola moderates this panel comprising of Zukiswa Wanner, Brian Kagoro and Godwin Murunga.
Brian Kagoro provides a broad historical and conceptual overview of Pan Africanism
In the past, civil society actively promoted democratic ideals to nurture healthy habits to reform the Kenyan state. Today, the terrain of civil struggle has radically been transformed by global and local forces shaking the grounds of traditional civil action. But has this shift signalled the end of civil society or a transition to a new type of civil society? The Elephant speaks to Wambua Kawive, a civil society leader and writer.
The Pan-African forums explore what it means to re-imagine Africa beyond the nation-states in the 21st century.
The ‘Hustler Nation’ narrative has gained traction and there seems to be some silent unanimity that it is a big movement and Kenyans are buying into it because the hustler narrative suggests that poverty is a result of elite accumulation and exclusion of the hoi polloi. The Elephant speaks to economist and writer, Darius Okolla.
The year 2020 will mark a milestone moment for accelerating the implementation of global commitments to gender equality. It will be the 25th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women and the adoption of its landmark outcome, the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (Beijing Platform for Action), a visionary agenda that set out how to remove the systemic barriers that hold women back from equal participation in all areas of life, whether in public or private. FEMNET was chosen to lead the action coalition on Economic Justice and Rights. This episode, Crystal Simeoni, Director at Nawi: Afrifem Macroeconomics...
The COVID-19 pandemic has renewed fault lines of xenophobia, attempting to exclude and blame certain groups despite this undermining pandemic response for nations as a whole. Faisal Garba combats this with examples from the unity built by anti-colonial struggles in Ghana and Tanzania, and the these alternative notions of belonging they affirmed.
Chafik Ben Rouine (Researcher, Post-Colonialisms Today) offers several key lessons on what a progressive monetary policy looks like today, pulling from his research on central banking in post-independence Tunisia.
Nasser’s post-independence industrialization project transformed much of Egyptian economy and society. Kareem Megahed and Omar Ghannam (Researchers, Post-Colonialisms Today) critically recover lessons from this project for today’s neoliberal context of globalized supply chains.
Food supply chains have become a central concern of the many crises during the COVID-19 pandemic. Jihen Chandoul (Working Group, Post-Colonialisms Today) reminds us that we can learn from the post-independence projects for food self-sufficiency in Africa, which were later undermined by neoliberal concepts of “food security.”