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Public Participation and Social Accountability in Kenyan Counties

In 2019 Dr Stephanie Diepeveen led a pilot study of a local governance intervention by Africa's Voices Foundation, a method for public participation and accountability which it calls the 'Common Social Accountability Platform' (CSAP for short). With CSAP, Africa's Voices proposes to use interactive radio shows to achieve meaningful spaces of mediated public discussion between citizens and authorities. The study assessed the efficacy and potential of this methodology from the point of view of scholarly debates around citizen engagement and social accountability, the role of media and technology in governance, and political decentralisation.

ICTs and Human Rights Practice

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In 2014, a CGHR research team began a study of how the use of information and communication technologies affects the right to life, resulting in this report and the ICTs and Human Rights blog. This report was originally a discussion document prepared by CGHR Research Associate Dr Ella McPherson in collaboration with the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, and ahead of a meeting of experts held in Cambridge in February 2015. The discussion document, as well as the discussion at the expert meeting, contributed to the Special Rapporteur’s thematic report on the use of information and communications technologies to secure the right to life, presented at the 29th session of the UN Human Rights Council.

Download the report ICTs and Human Rights Practice by Dr Ella McPherson.

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PiMA Working Paper Series


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The PiMA Working Papers are a series of peer-reviewed working papers that present findings and insights from Centre of Governance and Human Rights’ (CGHR) Politics and Interactive Media in Africa (PiMA) research project (2012-14).

The project, jointly funded by the ESRC and DFID, focuses on expressions of ‘public opinion’ in broadcast media via new information and communication technologies (ICT) such as mobile phones in Kenya and Zambia. PiMA 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.

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CGHR study into Unlawful Killings in Africa


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In 2013 the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Professor Christof Heyns, initiated a study into levels and contexts of unlawful killings in Africa.

CGHR convened an interdisciplinary team of researchers from across the University to conduct a broad review of the extent of unlawful killing and to produce a report for the Special Rapporteur to help guide his future activity, both in terms of thematic reporting, country-visits, and the search for actionable entry-points.

Download the report prepared by the CGHR research team.

Download the executive summary of the report.


CGHR Safety of Journalists 'Research Pack'


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In 2011-12, the Centre of Governance and Human Rights conducted research for the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, examining issues of impunity towards journalist killings, and measures to protect journalists’ right to life.

In March 2012, CGHR produced a research pack and an analysis report which was presented and discussed at a two-day experts meeting in Cambridge. The outcomes of the meeting were incorporated into the report presented by Professor Heyns to the Human Rights Council in June 2012 to improve the safety of journalists.

Download the research pack prepared by CGHR for the meeting of experts

New Media|Alternative Politics Working Paper Series


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In October 2010, CGHR and CRASSH convened a conference “New Media|Alternative Politics” (NMPA) that brought together researchers, academics, activists, journalists and policy makers to discuss whether and how new media empower an alternative politics and mobilises political change.

Download the NMAP working papers, originating out of this work.