What we’re reading, 25 February 2019
This is the first in a new series of blog posts where the Foundation highlights a number of media articles that we have found interesting in the past week. Sharing here is not an endorsement of the views linked, but a spur for further discussion. Join that discussion by engaging with one of our social media accounts, linked at the top of this page.
A Bellwether for African Democracy: Nigeria Goes to the Polls
Bloomberg (international) published an article on upcoming elections in Nigeria, describing them as a “bellwether” for African democracy. Emphasising that democracy was “on the back foot” across the continent, the piece stated that a credible and widely accepted outcome will go some way toward offsetting negative perceptions. The piece referred to Mo and the 2018 IIAG, noting that there had been progress in Overall Governance over the past decade.
The African Union has a brilliant plan for Africa, if it could get it right
Quartz (pan-African) published an article on institutional reform of the African Union, following the organisation’s annual summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The article highlighted that the African Union’s own efforts at reforming their organisation have been hampered by bureaucracy and a lack of accountability.
Meet Senegal’s youngest presidential candidate, Ousmane Sonko
Africanews (pan-African) reported on presidential elections in Senegal, scheduled for 24 February. Five candidates are contending for the Presidency, including incumbent Senegalese president, Macky Sall.