A Presidency In Peril

Amaka Articles, Blog, Governance & Political Economy, Opinion

“When Barack Obama took office in January 2009, he had an unprecedented chance to do what no other recent president could: seize the nation’s financial reins from the corporate elite and return them to the American people. Progressives everywhere held out hope that their new leader would take advantage of the economic crisis he stepped into and enact bold policies …

Through the lenses of a Failing State: Libya’s Lessons for Nigeria

Amaka Articles, Blog, Governance & Political Economy, Opinion

The beheading of 21 Coptic Christians by the Islamic state in Libya sent shockwaves across the world. Libya had until early in 2011 been politically stable. But the Arab spring which swept across North Africa and the ousting of Gaddafi has pulled the country to the brink of collapse. Various armed groups are involved in a scramble for a piece …

The Real Problem With Nigeria’s Democracy

Amaka Articles, Blog, Governance & Political Economy, Opinion

On February 7, 2015, Nigeria’s electoral commission announced that it would be postponing a fiercely contested election between Nigeria’s incumbent President Jonathan and former military dictator turned opposition candidate, Muhammadu Buhari. The elections were moved by six weeks, to March 28, ostensibly to allow the military to complete a major offensive against the Islamist group, Boko Haram. In a matter of …

What Do We Want Out of Our Democracy?

Amaka Blog, Governance & Political Economy, Opinion

If one accepts the common definition of democracy as the ‘rule by the people’, then one should at least have answers to the following questions- if it is a “rule”, then rule over what? The economy? Foreign relations? Medical choices? The boundaries of public and private sphere? Secondly “Rule by who”? And how? Is non-participation allowed, or, as is the …

Nigeria and her oil: seeking reforms to poor governance of petroleum wealth

Amaka Blog, Energy & Environment

On December 9, the Nigeria Natural Resource Charter (NNRC) launched its second benchmarking report with a media event in Lagos. A similar event was held two days later in Abuja. This assessment of the governance of Nigeria’s petroleum wealth was conducted against the twelve precepts of the Natural Resource Charter. The NNRC, led by an independent, multidisciplinary expert advisory panel of 14 …

Transparent Money

Amaka Analysis, Blog

This blog post is an analysis of an article from The Economist Magazine (Nov 4-10). Open government, where government publishes budget documentation on expenditure – primarily online, has taken time to gain traction but is gathering momentum worldwide. As more countries and organizations join the information transparency club, Warren Krafchick of the International Budget Partnership (IBP) believes political will is …