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This blog offers you comments on recent events written by members of D+C’s editorial team. You’ll find one or two posts per week. The guiding question is whether something is good or bad for global development.

by Hans Dembowski

Gambia: ECOWAS assuming responsibility for region's problem

The Economic Community of West African States is insisting on democratic principles in Gambia. The governments of the other member states are putting pressure on Yahya Jammeh to transfer power peacefully after he lost presidential elections in December. It is important to understand why they are doing so. In similar crises, the leaders of Africa’s other regional organisations have tended to back the acting head of state.
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by Hans Dembowski

Imagine Donald Trump’s name was Ali Ibrahim

In strictly formal terms, Donald Trump won the presidential elections in the USA in November. He was ahead in enough states to gain a majority in the electoral college. The international community must accept the validity of the procedures. Nonetheless, Trump’s legitimacy is challenged for several reasons. I’ll spell them out in a short thought experiment.
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by Katja Dombrowski

Time for renewal

People are fed up with the political establishment: same old faces, same old interests, same old policies. That’s not only the case in (typically developing) countries, where authoritarian and unelected governments have reigned for centuries, where political power is often passed on within the family and where democracy still tends to be a mere fig leaf. It is also true for established western democracies like the USA, France or Germany and for newly industrialised countries such as South Korea or South Africa. In fact, it’s a global phenomenon.
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by Hans Dembowski

Elections matter – in Gambia, Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire

ECOWAS, the Economic Community of West African States, is becoming a beacon of democracy. Its leaders are now putting pressure on Yahya Jammeh, who was defeated in a recent election, but is still in office as Gambia’s head of state. ECOWAS wants him to step down peacefully. Other African regional organisations would do well to insist on democratic norms with similar resolve.
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by Hans Dembowski

Ghana is setting a democratic example

Ghanaians chose Nana Akufo-Addo to be their next president in elections that were widely considered free and fair. Akufo-Addo’s share of the vote was almost 54 %. This was the third time he ran for president. Though he now has a strong mandate, he is facing huge challenges. Ghana’s economy is in trouble.
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by Sabine Balk

Setting a legal precedent concerning climate responsibilty

It’s a remarkable story: For the first time, a person from the global south wants to hold a western company accountable for the impacts of climate change that affect him. Saúl Luciano Lliuya, a Peruvian smallholder farmer and mountain guide, has filed a lawsuit against RWE, the German energy multinational, at a regional court in Essen. He wants costs for adapting to climate change to be compensated. The initial hearing was in late November. The judges will announce on 15 December whether the first case of civil litigation against a major carbon emitter will go ahead.
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