Zimbabwe: Citizens’ voice and inclusive growth

IntroductionThe new president of Zimbabwe Emerson Mnangagwa has promised the people of Zimbabwe that his priority is reviving the economic fortunes of the country. He has committed his new administration to end the years of economic isolation by declaring Zimbabwe “open for business”. He has his work cut out. [...]

By |2020-04-09T10:51:41+00:00March 28th, 2018|Zimbabwe|0 Comments

Zimbabwe: Understanding citizen perspectives on change

IntroductionFollowing the change of leadership in Zimbabwe in November 2017, it may be useful to understand the implications of those changes; and to establish and analyse the context in which ordinary citizens exercise their agency[1] to navigate the various social, economic and political challenges that they faced on [...]

By |2020-04-09T10:55:02+00:00January 19th, 2018|Zimbabwe|0 Comments

Zimbabwe: Slip sliding away?

Change in Zimbabwe is happening; and is driving a Tsunami of expectation. But there are many different perspectives on that change, offering the prospect of a spectrum of reactions over time ranging from assertively expressed self-interest to popular disillusionment and discontent. None of this is to propose [...]

By |2020-04-09T10:57:25+00:00December 6th, 2017|Zimbabwe|0 Comments

Kenya: It’s not (all) about the next elections

Kenya is approaching its next round of elections; and although close it is clear that the process is unlikely to throw up any real surprises. The entitled highland elite - across the political spectrum - will continue to dominate the distribution of power and wealth. And even [...]

By |2020-04-09T11:03:57+00:00July 14th, 2017|Kenya|0 Comments

Harare and Kampala: A Tale of Two Cities

“So far like the present period” Very superficially, Zimbabwe and Uganda have a lot in common.  Both (with some politically driven exceptions) are quite close to the UK in cultural and society terms; and both are striving to retain or retrieve a reputation for growth, strength and [...]

By |2020-04-09T11:08:04+00:00June 29th, 2017|Uganda, Zimbabwe|0 Comments

Uganda: Back to the future?

Uganda is, in many respects, a remarkable success story. From a country wracked by a succession of avaricious leaders and a civil war, it has been regarded - since 1986 – as a bastion of stability, relative prosperity and a key partner in the promotion of regional [...]

By |2020-04-09T11:10:06+00:00June 7th, 2017|Uganda|0 Comments

Zimbabwe: Old faces, new solutions?

Zimbabwe's political context is conditioned almost entirely by the President's (apparently rapidly) failing health; and the jockeying around him for power and influence - both in the near term; and with an eye to future political (and in the case of the wider Mugabe family, legacy and financial) [...]

By |2020-04-09T11:12:19+00:00June 7th, 2017|Zimbabwe|0 Comments