Policy Development and Financing of the Operations of Shelters for Abused Women


In S v Baloyi the Constitutional Court placed a clear duty on the state to address domestic violence. Shelters disrupt this violence in significant ways but are significantly under-funded. This brief examines existing policy around shelters for abused women and recommends how this can be expanded and costed to more effectively uphold women’s rights and needs.

Perspectives #03/2018: Through the Looking Glass: Images of African Futures


Against a background of political and cultural disruption, Perspectives approached writers to inquire, speculatively or not so speculatively, into an African future. The result is an eclectic mix of contributions and conversations across the arts, culture, philosophy and politics. They offer glimpses of African futures – fantastic, idealistic, or sober, but always self-confident – that place the continent at the centre of a world to come.

Kenya’s Judiciary: Agent of Justice under Difficult Circumstances


Kenya’s Supreme Court declared the August 8 presidential elections invalid due to irregularities and ordered a new vote. Constitutional expert Yash Ghai unpacks how this episode highlights both the strengths and weaknesses of the judiciary in consolidating constitutionalism and political accountability in Kenya.

By Yash Ghai

Uganda: Political Organising in a De-facto One-Party State

Yoweri Museveni has ruled Uganda since 1986. This article outlines how individual activists like academic Stella Nyanzi and musician Bobi Wine have, despite the general repression of dissent, been able to challenge power both from within and without the ballot box.

By Lydia Namubiru

Breathe, for the Battle Will Be Long: Changing Nigeria’s Body Politic


Even after the 2015 elections supposedly marked a democratic consolidation in Nigeria, a toxic mix of voter apathy, identity politics and money continues to raise questions about the necessary reforms that would instill credibility in the country’s elections. A political campaigner shares his recent experiences.

By Patrick O. Okigbo III

The Gambia: One Year After Jammeh, What Has Changed?


After more than two decades of authoritarian rule under President Yahya Jammeh, the people and opposition parties, with the help of the diaspora and the regional body ECOWAS, leapt into a new era in January 2017 when opposition candidate Adama Barrow was inaugurated as their new president. This interview unpacks how it all became possible and reflects on the democratic gains achieved one year later as well as the challenges ahead.

By Sheriff Bojang Jr

Housing Women Who Have Experienced Abuse: Policy, Funding and Practice [KwaZulu-Natal]


This publication is the first of a series of shadow reports that the Heinrich Böll Foundation and the National Shelter Movement of South Africa have produced in relation to their ‘Enhancing State Responsiveness to Gender Based Violence: Paying the True Costs’ project. The publication was partly produced with the Tshwaranang Legal Advocacy Centre to End Violence against Women.