Great memories from my PhD fieldwork in Burundi’s hills: Elections of community representatives

After a long history of violence and undemocratic governance, thanks to the constitutional reform, institutional changes and the promotion of human rights and gender inclusion by NGOs and civil society organizations in the aftermath of the 1993-2005 civil war, there have been new practices in local governance in Burundi. In 2014, during my fieldwork in rural … More Great memories from my PhD fieldwork in Burundi’s hills: Elections of community representatives

Fascinating and valuable insights about field work realities in African settings

Liz Storer is a 3rd year PhD researcher at the Department of International Development, LSE. Anna C. Shoemaker is a 4th year PhD researcher at the Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, Uppsala University. What’s the general area of your doctoral theses? Anna: I am looking at how pastoralists interacted with landscapes over the last […] … More Fascinating and valuable insights about field work realities in African settings

YARA : New Emerging Multi-disciplinary Scientific Network in Africa

The  Young African Researchers in Agriculture (YARA) network brings together young and early career African researchers in agriculture from all over the Continent in a new peer network. The Initiative was launched in 2014 at the African Union Head Quarters in Addis Ababa and was inspired by the need to support and promote young scholars on … More YARA : New Emerging Multi-disciplinary Scientific Network in Africa

Of scientific fraud and its consequences…

In 2011, Diederik Stapel, a bright social psychologist at Tilburg University in the Netherlands, was suspended for fabricating data on a study that brought him much praise. At the Guardian, Stephen Buranyi profiles the team of researchers from the university’s psychology department, Chris Hartgerink and Marcel van Assen, who have since focused their research on … More Of scientific fraud and its consequences…

Cameroon Alert !?

As a Cameroonian, I feel very much concern about the recent (ongoing) situation within the country. Far from behind a mere social and political unrest, there is much greater complexity to this situation. I believe that potential solutions could only derive from a deeper understanding of our (post)colonial history … Excerpt from the blog Counter Voices in Africa : … More Cameroon Alert !?