What we’re reading, 4 March 2019
Each week the Foundation highlights a number of media articles that we have found interesting and relevant to governance in Africa. 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.
Is Africa going backwards on democracy?
BBC (international) published an article on the state of democracy in Africa, arguing that, “Although studies show that a majority of Africans still want to live in democracies, an increasing number are looking to alternative, autocratic models.” The piece assessed how democracy across the continent has changed in the past 10 years, examining a range of data from sources such as Freedom House, Afrobarometer, and University of Birmingham Professor of Democracy, Nic Cheeseman.
Nigeria elections: Parties reject results, demand travel ban for INEC, APC leaders
Nigerian opposition party, the Coalition of United Political Parties have rejected the recent re-election of Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari.
How Zimbabwe caught the world off guard with another new currency
Quartz (pan-African) reported on the launch of a new currency in Zimbabwe, the RTGs dollar, in efforts to ease chronic cash shortages.