Democracy

Paul Kagame’s third term pursuit and the question of an African democracy
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Politics and Society Paul Kagame’s third term pursuit and the question of an African democracy

What does an African democracy involve and how different should it be from the Western democracy? Is it all about term limits? Many Western electoral observers come with their Western expectations of how democracy should function in a particular country and try to impose it. The question is, can respective African countries redefine democracy for themselves?

African governments are lagging behind in open data
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Politics and Society African governments are lagging behind in open data

African governments are lagging behind in open data, and are keeping data locked away as citizens demand accountability a new Open Data Barometer report has revealed. The report gives a global snapshot of how governments are using open data for accountability, innovation and social impact. The report revealed that key accountability metrics such as government spending, elections, public contracts, company ownership and land ownership are among the least open and often poor quality. The report recommends that government-held data must be open by default and follow the principles set out in the Open Data Charter.