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How can we ensure effectiveness in #Tanzania’s public administration? Lessons from Dahlström C & Lapuente V. (2017). Organizing Leviathan: Politicians, Bureaucrats, and the Making of Good Government. New York: Cambridge University Press, pp. 262

Title: Organizing Leviathan Author: Carl Dahlström, Victor Lapuente, Genre: Political Science Publisher: Cambridge University Press Release Date: 21/06/2017 Pages: 270 Why are some countries less corrupt and better governed than others? Challenging conventional explanations on the remarkable differences in quality of government worldwide, this book argues that the organization of bureaucracy is an often overlooked but critical factor. Countries where… Read more →

#LeakFromPersonalReflections : On Bunge

Observing the actions and reactions of the Bunge (the Parliament) in recent times on various issues, I’ve been asking myself, what’s going on?  Distracted Reflections. Marathons in my mind. Disturbed. Laughing and crying for my nation.  Then, just a few minutes ago , I remembered  a module I taught 8 years ago at the University of Nottingham, titled “Political Ideas in Revolution” of… Read more →

Is our (#Tanzania) foreign policy strategy moving from Economic Diplomacy to Economic War?

The adoption of liberalization policies in Tanzania in early 1990s and partly out of the great achievement in obtaining independence in most Southern African countries, led Tanzania to abandon its #Liberation foreign policy strategy and adopted #EconomicDiplomacy.  With that, related actions and efforts followed – using legal and institutional amendments (see for example the Mining Act 1998)   “I am conscious… Read more →

On the emerging worrying trend: #Security in the Streets of #Tanzania – and the further threat to the dimming candle (re: #CandleOnKilimanjaro)

On the emerging worrying trend: #Security in the Streets of #Tanzania – and the further threat to the dimming candle (re: #CandleOnKilimanjaro)

Last week during APSA 2017 Africa Research Development Group Workshop in San Francisco USA, a colleague from Nigeria presented a paper on Contingency Violent Actions in Niger Delta. My mind was blown by the novel contribution he was bringing into the study of street violence

…another opportunity for Critical Reflection- why didn’t Jack Ma choose to visit Tanzania among the East African countries?

In March 2017, when the World Bank President visited Tanzania and Rwanda I was made sleepless by his tweets. They displayed serious different conceptualization of development strategy between Tanzania and Rwanda. My previous read on Alec Ross’ Industries of the Future had further exacerbated the insomnia. Well, this end week, Jack Ma,

…we are matching – as #Tanzania faces the establishment

“…each of the persons…believed they were acting appropriately, but, taken together, their acts produced misfortune on a continental scale” – Yanis Varoufakis, Adults in the Room (2017), p.2 After reading Udadisi critical article amidst my measured reading of “Adults in the Room” by Yanis Varoufakis, I feel obliged to contribute

A simplified framework to understand Dictators’ strategies: lessons from Greitens S. C. (2016). Dictators and Their Secret Police: Coercive Institutions and State Violence. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. pp.324

Title: Dictators and their Secret Police Author: Sheena Chestnut Greitens Genre: Political Science Publisher: Cambridge University Press Release Date: 16/08/2016 Pages: 240 Context: Increasingly, there is substantial mentioning and complaints on social media and in the streets of Tanzania, wondering whether we are walking towards a dictatorial regime or not. There has been analysis that Tanzania has always been under… Read more →

#EAC – Reflections on the Community…

Interesting manifestations have happened this week regarding the East African Community. On Monday, 13th, I was lucky to attend a hearing on application of a case against members of EAC on EU/EPA negotiations and signing. The case was heard in the East African Court of Justice by three judges. The table was composed of respondents who were the representatives from all… Read more →