Examining the Effectiveness of the 50/50 Campaign in Malawi’s 2014 Elections
The purpose of this case study is to assess the effectiveness of the efforts by Malawian NGO Gender Coordination Network (NGO-GCN) in their 50/50 Campaign leading up to the national tripartite elections that took place in May 2014.
Code for Africa
Journalism in Africa has struggled significantly for a long time. Part of the problem results from a lack of resources and a lack of access to key tools and methods that allow journalism to succeed. Furthermore, the problem is exacerbated by impact of foreign media.
Can Text Messages Improve Local Governance? The U-Bridge Program in Uganda (August 2014 - November 2015)
The U-Bridge project in Uganda’s northwest Arua District is intended see whether the rapid penetration of mobile technology in low-income countries can be harnessed to improve governance outcomes.
Food Democracy and AgrEcol Afrique : Empowering Communities Through Organic Agriculture
AgrEcol Afrique began in Switzerland in 1983 and became an entirely Senegalese-run NGO in 1996. Its mission is to promote the vision and practice of organic farming in Senegal to achieve future food security and economic empowerment.
Effects of Digital Media Journalism Training in MENA
Executive Summary: The International Center for Journalists partnered with USAID to provide to journalists from the region of Middle East and North Africa a comprehensive online training program in multimedia reporting, several digital media “boot cam
Zambia: Putting Health News in the Headlines
The purpose of this case study is to look at the effectiveness of the project Zambia: Putting Health News in the Headlines in enhancing journalism by focusing more extensively on health coverage. This project came to fruition through the combined efforts of the Gates Foundation, the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) and Antigone Barton. Barton lived in Zambia and worked with Zambia Daily Mail for one year, during which time she developed several goals in coordination with journalists living and working in Zambia. These goals included the following: Develop a sustainable health desk at the Zambia Daily Mail; Create and share a health reporting newsletter; Produce multiple in-depth health reporting projects; Develop a successor for Barton, so that when she left her work would continue.
Voice of America Media Development in Nigeria
Freedom House’s Freedom of the Press index states that only 14 percent of the world's citizens live in countries that enjoy a free press. In the rest of the world, “governments as well as non-state actors control the viewpoints that reach citizens and brutally repres
Code for Africa
Communication does not exist in a vacuum; it is part of a total life environment. It is conditioned by a country’s economy, technological infrastructure, politics, social-cultural traditions and goals. Today, this is a growing problem throughout various countries in Africa. Cynicism about African democracy has led governments to narrow their development priorities, leaving liberties like press freedom and open data off of the agenda. Data is an important tool that makes journalism more immediate and more relevant to individual readers. Code for Africa is an organization whose key initiative is under the title “Data-Journalism”. The program aims to catalyze African media to deliver ongoing, high-quality news that engages audiences and sparks systemic change around important issues. One specific partnership is with a grassroots organization, Hacks/Hackers Africa, and helps synchronize and amplify their programs. This partnership includes evening seminars, more intensive policy roundtables, weeklong skills boot camps, advanced master classes, and Code4Democracy hackathons. The organization has expanded throughout Africa, howeverseveral chapters are in need of support and leadership to become active. This is a detailed assessment that provides a concise source of information that exposes the necessity of data-journalism in developing countries.
Improving Access to Justice in Post-War Liberia
Issues in Democracy Promotion “An often overlooked yet critical element to achieving this aim [of post-conflict reconstruction] is the prioritization of the restructuring and empowerment of community-based justice mechanisms that have been damaged or discredited by the war.” - Jimmy Carter In 2006, The Carter Center partnered with the Catholic Justice and Peace Commission to provide free legal services to rural villages in 5 of Liberia’s Southeastern counties. The project is known as the Improving Access to Justice in Liberia Program. The Access to Justice Program is one of the contributors to the Carter Center’s overarching goal in reconstructing the role of law in post-war Liberia. The legal services were implemented through the training and installation of 32 Community Legal Advisors under the management of Carter Center and JPC lawyers. The CLA’s main objectives are to: help people interact with government, courts, and traditional authorities, mediate small-scale conflicts, and advocate for justice. This case study will provide background on the organizations and nation involved, describe the goals and implementation of the project, and provide data to evaluate the effectiveness of the program determining possible solutions.
Case Strategy: Zimbabwe
The 2008 Presidential election in Zimbabwe caused great controversy in southern Africa. The presidential incumbent, Robert Mugabe, held the title since 1980 and ran for the second time against the opposition party, Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), and its leader Morgan Tsvangirai. What seemed as a normal election for the people of the Zimbabwe turned into confusion as the results were withheld for over a month by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC). When petitioned by the court to release the results, the ZEC called the vote in favor for Tsvangirai and the MDC. Mugabe and the ZANU-PF party called for a recount and the ZEC found that they could not call the first round a runoff. Before the 2008 election Mugabe's view had been that of a confident incumbent. He is even quoted to say "If you lose an election and are rejected by the people, it is time to leave politics" but after losing the first round to Tsvangirai, that optimistic view changes (BBC News). With seemingly only 47% of the vote, the ZEC was not able to call the election and the second round of votes would begin. After Mugabe and the militia began to use violence against opposition members in order to intimidate and ensure the second round of results, Tsvangirai dropped out of the election in order to protect his supporters. The results of that 2008 election are still unclear and the ZEC has lost creditability. Even Mugabe's willingness to use force against supporters of the opposition makes it hard to know for sure. Even though he faces scrutiny from the West, Mugabe will not allow forany outside organizations to come and proctor the second round of voting. In this paper, I will offer considerations for how to work the polling in the future and offer campaign ideas to legitimize the next election.
Coordinating a Non-violent Resistance Campaign in the Wake of the 2008 Zimbabwean Presidential election
The purpose of this paper is to provide a strategy for the fictional organization Zimbabweans for Free and Fair Elections (ZFFE) to achieve its goal of having the Mugabe regime release the actual results of the 2008 presidential election, or transferrin
Waging Peace: Electoral Monitoring in the Democratic Republic of Congo
The Democratic Republic of Congo was faced with the challenge of holding national elections in 2006, 45 years after the previous elections that resulted in the assassination of the first elected Prime Minister in 1961.
Greater Good South Africa
GreaterGood South Africa is an organization that connects social change-makers and mobilizing resources for nonprofits. They work together with GreaterCapital South Africa to help businesses and non-profits invest in social change and encourage others to think and act in a socially responsible manner. However, their work is lacking a few key connections and taking a big loss because of them. The greatest loss of capital and motivation is typically due to the lack of connection between people that have the know-how and people that have the ability. Giving people platforms to connect will not guarantee that a connection is made. Evaluating how strong a project’s outcomes are is difficult and subjective. In-house evaluations and monitoring are subpar given the availability of external firms that could do the job without bias. Social media access and new website creation is expensive and should only be invested in and maintained if the access is widespread and useful.
Group Exercise Expanded: Zimbabwe and Election Fraud
In 2008, controversy erupted in the Southern African country of Zimbabwe. Following a general election, it appeared that the country’slongtime autocratic leader, Robert Mugabe, had lost the election to Morgan Tsvangirai, head of the opposition movement. However, the
Egyptian Government Bans ICFJ, Issues Arrest Warrants to Many Others
On June 4, 2013, the Cairo Criminal Court sentenced 43 defendants to various prison terms on charges of receiving illicit funds and operating without a license in Egypt. The defendants were non-governmental organization (NGO) workers and were German, US, Norway, Pale