Category Archives: Special Projects

The inconvenient truth about foreign aid

Like political campaign contributions, today’s self-interested foreign aid often supports badly-designed development projects, imposes foreign investor-friendly policies on recipient countries, facilitates access to intended beneficiaries’ resources, helps aid-giving countries to look good on the world stage, all the while making unquestioning taxpayers in aid giving countries feel good about their supposed generosity.

Mugabe’s Ruling Zanu PF Party Fires Emmerson Mnangagwa, Former VP Fires Back

Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF party fired former Zimbabwe vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa hours after he’d portrayed himself as the future of both Zimbabwe and the beleaguered ruling party. Is Mnangagwa banking on the military, which has played a leading role in suppressing democracy and propping up Mugabe in the past 36 years, to retire the old man and install him as president?

Mugabe’s proposed cybersecurity law targets Zimbabwean diaspora

Zimbabwe’s Cybercrime and Cybersecurity Bill, Robert Mugabe’s newest information control weapon, seeks to cripple Internet-savvy Zimbabweans in the diaspora, particularly rights defenders, opposition party activists, and investigative journalists, ahead of the much-anticipated harmonized 2018.

Why net neutrality matters for Zimbabweans

On July 12, 2017, a coalition of websites, technology companies, digital rights organizations, and Internet users in the United States joined forces to defend a democratizing idea that matters for Zimbabwe, especially in the final months of Robert Mugabe’s dictatorship: net neutrality.