The King and the People

At the rate at which Simon Bright is churning out films about African rulers, the filmmaker might soon get the moniker of 'chronicler of power'. After his 2011 documentary, Robert Mugabe…What Happened?, Bright has moved down south to Swaziland to make The King and The People


Africa's first disability rights yearbook

We have just launched the first issue of the (ADRY). Drawing inspiration from the European Yearbook on Disability Law, it is the first publication of its kind that focuses on Africa. It aims to bring into prominence an area traditionally neglected by both African governments and academics.


Mapping your online media strategy

This free ebook from the Nonprofit Network will guide you through the process of choosing social media platforms and developing an effective online media strategy.


Voluntary Tech Servitude

I’m one of the many Android users who recently installed the Blackberry Messenger (BBM) application on their phone. Big deal. Doing this as I did, however, on the day Germany and Brazil were introducing a draft resolution on the Right to Privacy in the Digital Age at the UN General Assembly, I found myself confronting some critical questions.

The BBM app — as is the case with most apps — is uncompromising about what it intends to do once it is on your device. It will “modify or delete the contents of your USB storage” and map your “precise GPS location”.


Fight for LGBTI rights in Zambia undermined by homophobic media

The need for dialogue on the status of men who have sex with men (MSM) in relation to access to health, and HIV and AIDS 


How many Zimbabweans are in South Africa?

A recent report published on the website of SW Radio Africa stated that “it is believed” there are “between two and three million Zimbabweans living and working” in South Africa. Citing interviews conducted by the Inter Press Service (IPS) news agency, the report also stated that the numbers of Zimbabwean nationals crossing the border have almost doubled since July this year when the country held elections.

A reader asked us at look into the claims.

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Miracles do happen in Zambia

It’s been a dreadful year for gay rights in Zambia with waves of homophobic hate speech interspersed with spurious arrests and public harassment of same sex couples. But last night an astonishing thing happened – the country’s First Lady, Dr Christine Kaseba-Sata called for an end to discrimination against sexual minorities.


How to train African leaders

The last two weeks accorded me a rare chance to attend two meetings: a leadership training workshop in Lusaka and an AU retreat in Abidjan on the promotion of peace, security and stability in Africa.

The African Leadership Centre partnered with the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa in Lusaka and with the AU’s Peace and Security Department in Abidjan.


Corporate pillage is a war crime

The laws of war, also known as international humanitarian law, have long protected property against pillage during armed conflict.


21st century Afri-CAN leadership

OSISA and the African Leadership Centre have just run a course in Lusaka on Leadership and Society. We asked the participants to send us their thoughts



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