Law and Development:

Citizen-Led Accountability

One of the linchpins of good governance is an active citizenry that is able to keep the government in check. Over the years, there have been great strides in achieving citizen-led accountability on the continent. The Occupy Nigeria movement, the Citizen Ghana and South Africa’s Equal Education movement which won a court case filed against the government, the protests in Ethiopia and the voting out of Gambia’s authoritarian ex-president Jammeh through after 22 years of authoritarian rule.are but a few examples of these strides. While there have been a lot of successes, there is still a lot of work to be done by governments and civil society organisations in ensuring that citizens are aware of their rights and responsibilities and act on them.




chair: lolan ekow sagoe-moses

Lolan is a lawyer and open governance activist dedicated to improving transparency and the rule of law in his native Ghana and throughout the African continent. As the Research Lead for Odekro, a leading civic organization that promotes transparency and accountability in Ghanaian government, Lolan spearheaded efforts to improve freedom to information in Ghana by creating the first comprehensive assessment of the 6th Parliament of Ghana’s 4th Republic. In 2016, he was lead applicant in the case Lolan Sagoe-Moses & Six Others v. Minster of Transport & Attorney-General which affirmed the Right to Information in Ghana. A scholar of political thought, he has applied his background in Pan-Africanist socioeconomic theory to policy research at Africa’s leading think tanks and institutions. His personal mission is to bring effective governance closer to Africa’s people.

andile cele

Andile Cele is a Research Specialist for the International Budget Partnership (IBP), a collaborative body which works with civil society around the world to analyse and influence public budgets to help reduce poverty and improve the quality of local governance. Before joining the IBP, Andile was the Parliamentary Officer at Equal Education, a social movement that works with high school activists in South Africa. She served as the budget and policy expert for the organisation where she helped maintain a strong link between EE and the Parliament of South Africa, its MPs, processes and activities and helped build the capacity for EE to influence the law-making and oversight processes and education. Andile studied at the University of Cape where she majored in Political Science and Sociology. She is currently completing a Postgraduate in Public Policy and Analysis for African Development through the Thabo Mbeki Africa Leadership Institute under the University of South Africa.

oluseun onigbinde

Oluseun Onigbinde is the Lead Partner of BudgIT, a civic organization based in Nigeria & Sierra Leone, that works to use creative data presentation to intersect civic engagement and institutional improvement in West Africa. BudgIT, founded in 2011 uses technologies of any form that appeal across every literacy span to make public finance data more accessible, transparent and understandable to citizens. BudgIT is leading the drive for fiscal transparency and also expanding to the fold of active citizens who demand accountability. Oluseun is a recipient of Ashoka Fellowship, Aspen New Voices Fellowship, Future Awards and Knight Fellowship with International Center for Journalists. Oluseun is a member of the Harambe Entrepreneur Alliance and also sits on ONE Africa Policy Advisory Board.

chude jideonwo

Named by Forbes as one of Africa’s 30 best entrepreneurs under 30, Chude Jideonwo is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of RED. Through Statecraft Inc they led two successful presidential campaigns including the communication for Nigeria’s Muhammadu Buhari in 2015 and then Ghana’s Nana Akufo Addo in 2016. A lawyer, teacher and award-winning journalist, he has a Master’s Degree in Media and Communication from the Pan-African University and is an alumnus of the Lagos Business School and the Strathmore Business School, Kenya. In 2016, Chude joined the faculty of the School of Media and Communication, Pan- Atlantic University where he teaches journalism and corporate communication to undergraduate and postgraduate students.

awol allo

Dr. Awol Allo is currently assistant professor at Keele University. Dr. Allo was also the Lord Kelvin/Adam Smith Scholar at the University of Glasgow. He holds degrees from Addis Ababa University, University of Notre Dame, and the University of Glasgow.
Dr. Allo’s research interests are in the areas of the sociology of law, critical social theory, political theory, human rights, post-colonial studies, and the African Union. Dr. Allo is interested in understanding and explaining how law constitutes and regulates the social world by observing how its discourses, practices, and institutions operate in the real world and generate effects.

Research paper

Adriano Nuvunga & Joseph Hanlon (PhD) -

Local media monitoring of Mozambique elections

Adriano Nuvunga is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at Eduardo Mondlane University in Mozambique. He holds a PhD in Development Studies from the International Institute of Social Studies of the Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands. He is a member of INCLUDE, the Knowledge Platform on Inclusive Development Policies, established by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He is currently the Executive Director of the Centre for Public Integrity – Centro de Integridade Publica – an anti-corruption civil society organization affiliated to the Transparency International.

Joseph Hanlon is visiting Senior Fellow at the Department of International Development of the London School of Economics and visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Open University, Milton Keynes, England. He is a journalist and author and editor of more than a dozen books, looking at how the international context can be changed to give people in the Global South more power over their own development strategies. His most recent books are: Keeping our heads above water: Bangladesh confronts climate change (with Manoj Roy and David Hulme, 2017), Galinhas e cerveja: uma receita para o crescimento (Chickens and beer: A recipe for agricultural growth in Mozambique with Teresa Smart, 2014), Zimbabwe Takes Back its Land (with Teresa Smart, 2013), Just Give Money to the Poor (with David Hulme and Armando Barrientos, 2010), Do bicycles equal development in Mozambique? (2008), and Civil War, Civil Peace (with Helen Yanacopulos, 2006). He is editor of the Mozambique Political Process Bulletin and was a Policy Officer for the Jubilee 2000 campaign to cancel the unpayable debt of poor countries.