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Basotho's less Supportive of Women's Political Leadership, Opposed to Traditional Chieftain Role

Basotho women still find it hard to attain leadership positions due to discriminatory cultural practices and laws. Support for women’s political leadership declined from 2012 to 2014, and even though two thirds of women say that women should have …

The Impact of the Role of Traditional leaders on Politico-governance in Somalia: Present realities and Past Reflections

Overviewing the types and the roles of the of governance institutions of pre-colonial Somalia, this study explored the current situation of the elders’ office with comparing it to the former. The findings include that today’s elders’ office does not…

Traditional Authority and State Legitimacy: Evidence from Namibia

Do African traditional leaders weaken state legitimacy at the local level? Past scholarship raises the possibility that unelected chiefs might undermine trust in national-level institutions. Relying on an original map of areas governed by chiefs a…

Batswana say Traditional Leaders Strengthen Democracy - But Should Stay out of Politics

Botswana is the oldest multiparty democracy in sub-Saharan Africa, boasting 11 successful national elections since independence in 1966. The country’s Constitution provides for a parliamentary system with two chambers: Parliament, which makes laws, …

Trusted and Influential: Religious and Traditional Leaders can be Assets in COVID-19 Fight

In late March, the Ghanaian government locked down parts of the Greater Accra and Ashanti regions to slow the spread of COVID-19 and deployed security personnel to enforce the restrictions. In announcing the measures, President Nana Akufo-Addo sai…

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