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As more people connect to social media in Africa, expectations for real-time information pose new challenges concerning the flow of information related to security. This project explores the role social media plays in documenting and driving security in East and West Africa.
A comparative analysis of the challenges faced by those attempting to document torture and ill-treatment in LICs including the development of a survey technique for the documentation of torture and ill-treatment and policy recommendations.
Street protests in Dili during the mid-2006 conflict in Timor-Leste.
The project aims to re-think conventional assumptions and offer new insights into the determinants of urban violence, including in particular identifying context-specific circumstances under which everyday urban conflict becomes violent.
Water pump in Zimbabwe
Living in rural Africa has long been synonymous with being poor and water insecure - but rapid growth in mobile handset ownership and mobile network coverage could resolve one of its oldest problems: safe and reliable water access.

Principal Investigator: Robin Stuart Burgess. Lead Organisation: London School of Economics & Pol Sci

Focusing on the ‘food crisis’ since 2007, this research examines right-to-food movements and riots over food prices in Bangladesh, India, Kenya and Mozambique and addresses the question, How can governments be made more accountable for ensuring access to food?

Principal Investigator: Anne Marie Tallontire. Lead Organisation: University of Greenwich

Co-investigators: Valerie Nelson; Adrienne Mary Martin

Laying fibre optic cable by the road - Kigali, Rwanda
Using case-studies in Kenya and Rwanda, this project examines the expectations and potentials of broadband Internet, comparing them to on-the-ground effects in tea production, ecotourism, and business process outsourcing.
Examining whether and how Africans, particularly the poorest and least politically enfranchised, use new communication technologies to voice their opinion and to engage in a public debate on interactive broadcast media.
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The project aims to examine initiatives which engage with global aspirations to advance gender equality in and through schooling in contexts of poverty in Kenya and South Africa.

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