Emmanuel Ado: Kaduna Internal Revenue Drive And Benefits Of Reforms

 In the next few weeks, the annual ritual of budget presentations by the federal government and sub-national governments would commence and Kaduna State from every indication will be the first to present its budget. Kaduna State has undoubtedly given a good account of itself. The federal government, which has had three disastrous budgets, would hopefully […]

Foreign Debt, Democracy and Checks and Balances by Nonso Obikili

 Democracies have been on the wrong end of the publicity stick in recent decades. The rapid economic expansion in relatively autocratic countries like China, Singapore, and South Korea in the 1970s has implanted the idea that democracies might not be best suited for rapid economic growth. Of course, most conveniently ignore the autocracies like Zimbabwe, […]

Taking stock of Uganda’s economy 55 years after independence

  Sarah Logan, International Growth Centre October 9 marks 55 years since Uganda’s independence in 1962. The country’s economy has seen many changes during this time, affected by periods of political instability, civil war, fluctuating global commodity prices, and various economic reforms. Trends in recent years are positive, although some key challenges remain. Economic data […]

Liberia Forges Forward in Elections Technology Despite Kenyan Setback

 Liberia’s Oct. 10 presidential and legislative elections are significant for several reasons. The country which represents Africa’s oldest republic will be conducting its third post-war election and first transitional election that would witness the transfer of power between a living incumbent president and president-elect. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Africa’s first female president and Noble Laureate has […]

Anis Bachir: Freedom Of Expression Under Attack In Algeria

 I believe that the decline of Algeria from Partly Free to Not Free in the world press freedom index is strongly due to restrictions placed on the media in recent years. A lot of laws imposed content limitations on privately owned broadcasters, and government agencies withdrew advertising from media outlets that covered opposition parties. Foreign journalists were […]

Allan Sentamu: Improving Land Management In Uganda For Economic Growth

 In Uganda, around 20 percent of the total land is registered, which is higher than the average level of 10 percent for sub-Saharan African countries. However, the current system of land tenure makes it difficult to transform land uses to spur higher levels of productivity and hence a slow progress in development. This kind of […]

Election observation: As Liberia decides is there something we can learn from Kenya? – Samson Itodo

 Skeptics of election observation received a boost with the Kenya Supreme Court judgment nullification of the August 8th, 2017 Presidential elections. The court ruled that the election was not conducted in accordance with established procedures by the election management body hence the directive that Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) conducts a fresh election into the […]

Finding alternative strategies in Nigeria’s war against corruption

 ‘A rotten apple spoils the whole barrel’ is the proverbial saying that has been used by many to describe how corruption spreads. This suggests that a bad person can infect/corrupt a group of people. The story of Eve and the serpent in the Garden of Eden corroborates this notion. The serpent deceived on Eve, who went […]