Tanzania, when statistics become the enemy

Tanzania, when statistics become the enemy
The recent limitations to freedom of speech in Tanzania have created some concerns from local civil society organisations (CSOs) to international organisations. The list of limitations enacted by John Pombe Magafuli after his election as Tanzanian President in 2015 is rather long and it goes from banning opposition rallies to stopping live coverage of parliamentary...

Local participation and migration: The role of countries of origin

Local participation and migration: The role of countries of origin
Can the level of political and civic participation of migrants in Italy be influenced by forms of participation in their countries of origin? This framing of how foreigners and new citizens participate at the local level, and the potential links with the forms of participation in their countries of origin, has rarely been explored. How...

Are you series? New narratives for women’s political participation

Are you series? New narratives for women’s political participation
Web and TV series have been progressively used to shape national and international social narratives in the last few years. Gender stereotypes and prejudices can pass through these media and reinforce existing patterns. However, the opposite could be true as well: progressive series could challenge gender labels or consolidated social rules. This is indeed what...

How to promote healthy state-citizen relations in Africa: Lessons from an evaluation

How to promote healthy state-citizen relations in Africa: Lessons from an evaluation
Many African countries are today characterized by predominantly adversarial dynamics between governments and civil society organisations (CSOs), due mainly to a lack of mutual trust and to the weakness (or lack) of institutional settings for dialogue and structured collaboration. As a result, it is hard for government representatives and civil society leaders to work together...

Preventing violence in a ‘peaceful’ country: the case of Tanzania

Preventing violence in a ‘peaceful’ country: the case of Tanzania
Tanzania is a good example of how conflict prevention is crucial even in countries that are considered stable. The Global Peace Index lists Tanzania as the 64th more peaceful nation in the world out of 162 considered, and among the 10 more peaceful in Africa. However, some signals show that prevention of different forms of...