Scholarly Publications

Africa's Scramble for Africa: Lessons of a Continental War

July 2000

The war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), which began in August 1998, is unprecedented-at times involving armies from eight African states.

Training and Certifying "Unqualified" Teachers in Namibia

December 1998

This book provides multiple perspectives on reform within the Namibian education system during the first 5 years after independence.


Mobile Phone Diffusion and Corruption in Africa

July 2013

The explosion of mobile phones into a region that, until recently, was nearly devoid of telecommunications infrastructure provides a valuable opportunity to explore the potential effects of...


Explaining Vote Choice in Africa's Emerging Democracies

May 5, 2009

In this paper, we study the voting behavior of Africans in seven countries currently ranked as "free" by Freedom House International.

Seize the Day, Seize the Data: Tech-Enabled Moments of Opportunity in Closed Societies

September 30, 2010

The abrupt fall of an authoritarian regime often surprises the world with apparent suddenness.  Given the right moment of opportunity, skillfully applied pressure can prove a thuggish regime...

The Power of 'Open': Collective Intelligence, Crowdsourcing and Co-creation

October 18, 2012

AbstractThe manifestations of 'open' are permeating the society enabled by the rise of participatory culture and improved communication technologies.