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The Weekly Global Roundup: The Bleak Electoral Outlook In Africa (October 16 to 21, 2017)

While “an uninterrupted series of general elections took place in Central and East Africa” between June 2015 and August 2017, voters have grown increasingly sceptical of African leaders who remain in power, and especially those who have delayed elections or those who have quashed the opposition. In DR Congo, President Joseph Kabila has refused to hold long-overdue elections which were scheduled for December 2019, and his government has now delayed it to mid-2019. Angola has a new president, but the election – notwithstanding challenges of its validity – has instead been perceived as a transfer of power. And in Kenya, a second presidential election is scheduled, after the first was nullified by the Supreme Court, yet the main opposition presidential candidate has withdrawn from this second election. Continue reading

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Speaker Tan Chuan-Jin Intends To Speak Up For Social Causes. Here’s How Research Can Help.

Speaker of Parliament Tan Chuan-Jin has outlined his strategy to tackle social causes: Reaching out to schools, sustaining the interest of school-leavers in volunteerism, and coaxing companies to step up their CSR programmes. Here’s how research can help (and how research should feature more prominently). Continue reading

NS Job-Readiness Schemes Aplenty. But Who’s Keeping Count – And Track?

A slew of National Service job-readiness schemes have been rolled out: Vocation choices, “enhanced” career fairs, and now accredited competencies and skills. But how do we know if these schemes have actually been effective? Continue reading

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