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Whatsapp and Nigeria's 2019 Elections : Mobilising the People, Protecting the Vote

“Social media has changed the face of politics in Nigeria.” So said many political candidates, professionals, non-governmental organisation (NGO) and civil society actors, scholars and political advisers interviewed as part of this research project …

Sorting Fact from Fiction: Nigeria's 2019 Elections

Our methodology during the elections was a highly focused version of our usual fact-checking process. A small team of seven individuals each had individualised functions. We had two spotters who monitored the online space, including Facebook groups,…

Buharimeter 2019 Survey Report

The 2019 Buharimeter National Survey elicits the views of Nigerians on three key areas. These are: reflections on the recently concluded General Elections; policy priorities of Government; and strategies to address lingering challenges facing the c…

A Reflection on 20 Years of Democracy in Nigeria

The Fourth Republic differs from the three previous Republics we had in Nigeria in several respects. For one, it is the longest. While the First Republic lasted 5 years from Independence, the Second Republic lasted four years and three months while …

Justice on Trial: Courts and Commissions in West Africa

This edition of West Africa Insight looks at the ways in which justice is being sought, and delivered, in Nigeria, Burkina Faso and The Gambia. In Burkina Faso, Sampala Balima reflects on the September verdict handed down against the 2015 military …

The Godson turned Godfather: Governor Dickson and Bayelsa's 2019 Election

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has slated 16 November 2019 for off-cycle gubernatorial elections in Bayelsa and Kogi States. These will be the first major elections to be conducted by INEC since the 2019 general elections. The …

An Assessment of the Effectiveness of Government Policies and Programmes on Economic Growth and Development

The purpose of the paper is to review the main economic goals of the current government, examine the implementation of policies and programmes and broadly assess their effectiveness. The economic strategies and goals of the government can be gleaned…

Health Misinformation: False stories from Ebola to Coronavirus

Nigeria has had a long-running battle with misinformation and disinformation. In times of health pandemics, misinformation, or false information shared unintentionally, becomes especially harmful. This was evident during the Ebola crisis in Nigeria;…

Women's Work and Taxation in the Informal Economy: Issues in Urban Governance in Nigeria

This report examines women's work and taxation in the informal economy based on focus group discussions and key informant interviews conducted in four Nigerian states; Kano, Niger, Imo and Oyo. The objectives of the research were to: Analyse the way…

Tackling COVID-19: The Need for a Nigerian Response

The coronavirus is a human tragedy that is now affecting over a million people around the globe. The World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a pandemic on March 11, 2020. It indicated with certainty that the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) will s…

A Review of the Power Sector in Nigeria

The Nigerian government has taken steps to try and address the challenges faces across the power generation value chain. They include the introduction of a power regulatory body – the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) in 2005 - the u…

Unpacking Falsehoods: COVID-19 and Responses in Kano State

The escalation in the situation in Kano has come as a shock. Reports of a spike in deathscoincided with the suspension of testing in the state. A Daily Trust report on 21 April suggested that around 150 people had died in Kano in the five days previ…

Mali: the Institution of a New Constitutional Court

The invalidation of about thirty results of the March-April legislative elections by the Constitutional Court triggered series of violent demonstrations to express dissatisfaction by citizens and as a result, an awakening of crisis in the political …

Upsurge in Deadly Violence in the Sahel

The security crisis in the Sahel is spiralling as unprecedented waves of violence surge across the region. The United Nations figures have revealed a five fold increase in the number of attacks in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger since 2016. Mohamed Ib…

Delta Dilemmas: Buhari and Nigeria's South-South Zone

The oil rich Niger Delta region has been a policy and political challenge to successive administrations in Nigeria since the 1960s. Between 1999 and 2015 it featured prominently in the policy priorities of the People's Democratic Party (PDP). This h…

Elections, Democracy and COVID-19 in West Africa

Based on its analysis of elections conducted so far in West Africa during the current pandemic, the Centre for Democracy and Development outlines the following considerations to guide the conduct of elections under the pandemic: The guidance and pr…

Stakeholders' Dialogue on Government Approaches to Managing Defecting Violent Extremists

This policy brief outlines contributions from stakeholders and demonstrates how dialogue can help foster community understanding of government intervention on reintegration, foster citizenship ownership of government programmes and its many soluti…

Rural Banditry and Social Conflicts in Plateau State

The study revealed that displacement is the single most recurring and severe effect of cattle rustling and social conflicts across the five select LGAs in the state. This is followed by loss of livelihood ahead of loss of lives. This finding sugges…

Political Instability and the Challenge of Democratization in Africa: A Conceptual Analysis

This essay seeks to explain the seeming persistence of political instability in Africa, in spite of the rapid spread of liberal democracy in the 1980s and 1990s. It examines the causes of political instability, its impact on democracy, and the prosp…

Addressing Rural Banditry in Northern Nigeria

The study sought to identify and document the root causes, dynamics and implications of the frequent act of rural banditry and other forms of violence in Northern Nigeria, and secondly make policy recommendations on how such a serious security chall…

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