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Centre of Governance & Human Rights (CGHR)


11th November 2011

Beyond Revolutions: The use of ICTs for political mobilization and participation in Sub-Saharan Africa

Convened by Dr Iginio Gagliardone and Dr Sharath Srinivasan (CGHR), hosted by CRASSH

The 'Arab Spring' revolutions taking place in North Africa since the beginning of 2011 have stressed the imperative for research exploring the potential of ICTs for political change. On 11 November 2011 CGHR and The Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH) gathered scholars from a range of disciplines to examine the ability of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) to affect and transform governance processes in Africa. The conference aimed to extend this research agenda, exploring how ICTs are affecting and possibly transforming the nature of political mobilization and participation across Africa. Please find the conference report above.

Download the report in Adobe PDF format.


You can listen to and view session from the conference here:

Session 1: ICTs and political change in Africa. How to bridge the communication and governance divide?

Session 2: Mobile phones and citizens’ voices in the African airwaves. How is interactive radio affecting governance in Africa?