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Africa Day 2017: Context, Consciousness, Action (Not Dividends)

Africans across the continent and the Diaspora are celebrating Africa Day. Commemorated under the African Union’s theme “Harnessing the Demographic Dividend through investments in Youth”. Takura Zhangazha discusses that while being a young African is important, it is not enough if one is not only historically and politically conscious of the many progressive struggles that have brought the continent to where it is today. The ideas that drove the liberation movements remain valid as they were in the past, as they are today and as they will be tomorrow.

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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.

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Zimbabwe at 37: Betrayed aspirations or ‘total emancipation in progress’?

On 18 April 2017, Zimbabwe celebrated Independence Day, marking 37 years of self-rule. Steady social and economic progress in the early years after independence was followed by challenges and setbacks, social and political instability, economic woes and corruption, which slowed down the development agenda. Malvern Mkudu reflects on the difficult road the country has travelled.

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On Stella Nyanzi: Where can public intellectuals do their work in Museveni’s Uganda?

Academic, creative writer and human rights activist Stella Nyanzi has been charged with cyber harassment of President Yoweri Museveni this afternoon in Kampala. This followed two months of her intensive criticism of Janet Museveni, the country’s Minister Education and wife to the President, over the government’s reneging on an electoral promise to supply free sanitary pads to school going menstruating girls.