Democracy & Social Justice

Democracy & Social Justice

Robert Gabriel Mugabe: A Lesson of Hope and Despair in Zimbabwe

Opinion

Robert Mugabe, the prime minister and president of Zimbabwe from independence in 1980 until 2017, when he was overthrown in a coup, has passed away at the age of 95. To speak the name “Mugabe” invokes charged political debates characterised by a range of conflicting tensions: hope and despair, demonisation and adulation, contempt and respect, dissent and loyalty. Sometimes these attitudes are interchangeable and overlapping, sometimes they express more fixed polarities. These divisions draw from the violence, fissures and closures that have given rise to Zimbabwe’s post-colonial political spectrum and left painful traces in the political imaginary of Zimbabwean people.

By Brian Raftopoulos

Governance & Institutions

Once Again Hope Deferred in Zim

Analysis

The hope that was generated by the removal of Robert Mugabe from power in the November coup in Zimbabwe was always provisional and tainted by the persistence of Zanu PF’s legacy.

By Brian Raftopoulos
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#SouthAfricaDecided

Dossier

On the 8th of May South Africans headed to the polls for the 6th time since 1994. Against the backdrop of high unemployment, loadshedding, severe water shortages across the country and daily testimonies narrating how officials, political leaders and business persons hijacked state institutions and finances for personal benefit, a record number of parties contested the elections. While President Cyril Ramaphosa has promised a ‘new dawn’ and ‘self-correction’, the ANC is facing a political landscape that is more competitive, and an electorate that is less likely to turn out.

South Africa: 25 years after the end of apartheid

Dossier

The end of the apartheid regime in 1994 marked the beginning of hope for political and economic change in South Africa. 25 years later, we take a look at what has remained of the initial spirit of optimism. This series of interviews voices the perspectives of civil society, academia and the media from South Africa and its former liberation allies Nigeria and Kenya. They underline the importance of the fight against apartheid throughout Africa and the challenges facing South Africa today.

Socio-Economic Rights

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What we do

Inequality, poverty and the failure to deliver quality public services such as health and education threaten to undo democratic gains in the region.  In response, the Democracy & Social Justice programme seeks to strengthen the political voice of marginalised groups advocating for socio-economic rights and the equitable use of state resources to address injustice.

The programme supports citizen groups’ engagement with policy, analysis of budgets and social audits.  It also supports citizen networks and network building that seek to build public ownership of democratic institutions, and hold them to account for their role in building a just society. The programme specifically targets social movements and membership based organisations.

As feminism is a central tenet of all HBF programmes, this programme works towards the vision of a society and institutions which actively respond to – and attempt to correct – the political and socio-economic realities of gender inequality. 

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