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Opening up African Data on a Three Wheeler

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Election season is fast approaching in Tanzania, but retiring President Kikwete continues to take stock of his tenure with a series of events, not least the inaugural Africa Open Data Conference that was hosted in Dar es Salaam last week.   …

A ‘welfare state’ for Pakistan’s poor?

Noor Bhari, 54, proudly displays her debit card provided under Pakistan’s national Income Support Programme (BISP). Picture: World Bank.

Every week we hear about Pakistan's appalling poverty indicators, some of the worst in the region. Every week somebody declares an 'emergency'. Every week a politician says we must do better. Every week a disillusioned public refuses to believe it …

X Factor, Twitter and Ghana’s democracy

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Late on Sunday evening, something happened for the first time ever. Whilst the UK public was frantically voting on X Factor, Ghanaians had been taking part in a democratic exercise of their own. All day Friday, and on Saturday in some delayed …