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A Rundown of Upcoming African Elections

By Sarah Crozier on May 15, 2015

From the Electoral Commision of Nambia. 
Nambia was the first African nation to use electronic voting machines in its November 2014 Presidential Elections.
Sarah Crozier | Africa Agenda

From the Electoral Commision of Nambia.
Nambia was the first African nation to use electronic voting machines in its November 2014 Presidential Elections.

Here is a quick summary of some of the elections happening across the African continent in 2015. For a full list, click here.

 

Country:

Benin

Election:

Members for the National Assembly (April 2015)

Why it Matters:

Benin’s President Thomas Boni Yayi has said that he will not seek a third term when his current time in office ends in 2016. However, a major constitutional reform proposition is to take the two-term limit off the table, potentially giving Yayi the ability to run again.…

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A New Round of Predictions for Africa

By Sarah Crozier on May 4, 2015

Pardee Center "Power and Influence in Africa" video, which uses predictive software to compare rising African states.
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Pardee Center “Power and Influence in Africa” video, which uses predictive software to compare rising African states.

The World Bank has published its 2015-16 growth projections for the African continent, citing declining oil and commodity prices as the reason for a slowdown in gross domestic product (GDP) growth over the next year.

The Africa’s Pulse Report notes that continent-wide, GDP growth will slow to four percent from an average of 4.5 percent in 2014. However, this is a slower decline than originally predicted, noting that commodity based economies are not the “kiss of death” previously thought. Only two economies are predicted to contract over the next two years, according to International Monetary Fund reports.…

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At DU, AU Ambassador espouses “Africa Rising” story

By George Bamu on April 28, 2015

Ambassador Amina Ali, speaking at University of Denver Korbel School, March 24

 

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Ambassador Amina Salum Ali, speaking at University of Denver Korbel School, March 24

It is believed that the transformation of the Organization of African Unity (OAU)  into the African Union  in 2001 has brought many benefits for the African continent.

With the overall Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the continent now estimated at about $1.7 trillion, a population over a billion people, and projected to reach two billion by 2025, the dynamics and cross-connections between its growth and development agenda cannot be underestimated.

Now undertaking a so-called Agenda 2063, the AU’s Permanent Representative to the United States, Ambassador Amina Ali, says the organization’s goals for the next 50 years call for it to be a much stronger institution whose long-term plan is for “one government, one economy and one political system for all of Africa.”

Speaking at the University of Denver(DU) Josef Korbel School of International Studies on March 24, the ambassador said the AU is moving “step-by-step” towards achieving this goal.…

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What’s the greatest threat to press freedom?

By Africa Agenda on April 25, 2015

World Press Freedom Day_CIMCN-Africa Agenda event
CITIZEFOUR Film

World Press Freedom Day in Denver

In honor of World Press Freedom Day, Africa Agenda and the Colorado International Media and Communication Network invite you to a special screening of the documentary film CitizenFour, followed by a discussion and reception.

Citizenfour is a 2014 documentary film directed by Laura Poitras concerning Edward Snowden and the NSA spying scandal.

Please join us at the Posner Center on SUNDAY, MAY 3, 2015, 4.30 PM

Share your thoughts on “What’s the greatest threat to press freedom?”

We hope you’ll join us to recognize the contributions of journalists and bloggers around the world as well as the importance to internet freedom as a foundation for international development.…

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How did the media cover the Nigerian election?

By Dziedzorm Sanaki on April 22, 2015

A supporter of opposition candidate Muhammadu Buhari, dressed to represent and mock Nigeria President Goodluck Jonathan, celebrates Buhari's anticipated electoral victory in Kano, Nigeria. (Ben Curtis, The Associated Press)
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A supporter of opposition candidate Muhammadu Buhari, dressed to represent and mock Nigeria President Goodluck Jonathan, celebrates Buhari’s anticipated electoral victory in Kano, Nigeria. (Ben Curtis, The Associated Press)

 “Nobody’s ambition is worth the blood of any Nigerian,” said outgoing Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan in a statement congratulating his successor, Mohamadou Buhari on his victory. “I promised the country free and fair elections. I have kept my word.”

The March 28 election has become one of the most talked about elections in Africa. This election was to break barriers and prove to the world that Nigerians can rise from the ashes into a new season of hope and peace for their nation.…

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