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PiMA (Politics and Interactive Media in Africa) is an 18-month collaborative research project funded by the ESRC and DFID, with a focus on the expressions of 'public opinion' in broadcast media via new information and communication technologies (ICT) such as mobile phones in Kenya and Zambia. It also examines the political implications of such interactions in the two African countries, with a view to drawing conclusions of wider significance to practitioners and policymakers.


ICTs and the Right to Life

Since 2011 CGHR has been collaborating with Christof Heyns, the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, on topics related to the right to life. A new project for 2014/5, links this work with CGHR's work on new information communication technologies. Dr Ella McPherson, a CGHR Research Associate, will lead a study into the implications of ICTs for Prof. Heyns' mandate, ahead of a report to the Human Rights Council.

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Social Media, Human Rights NGOs, and the Potential for Governmental Accountability

In early 2014, CGHR Research Associate Dr Ella McPherson began work on an ESRC-funded project examining the relationship between human rights NGOs, social media and governmental accountability. This project is concerned with the methodological and reputational implications of using social media as data sources and dissemination tools, as well as with social media's effects on pluralism in human rights discourse. 

Past Projects

CGHR's past projects include the Africa's Voices Pilot, which alongside PiMA has led to the spin-out Africa's Voices Foundation. Our ongoing collaboration with the UN UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Christof Heyns, on topics related to the Right to Life includes two previous projects on Unlawful Killings in Africa, and on the Safety of Journalists.

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