I am sure that readers here will be aware by now of Judd Devermont’s “Into Africa” podcast for the Africa Program at Washington’s Center for International and Strategic Studies. Let me highlight a recent edition of particular interest, which opens with a discussion on Kenya’s BBI or Building Bridges Initiative.
How have African legislatures evolved and how do they shape political competition across the continent? Ken Opalo (Georgetown University), Janette Yarwood (U.S. House of Representatives), and Tyler Beckelman (U.S. Institute of Peace) sat down with Judd Devermont to explore new approaches to strengthening legislative institutions. Guests also weigh in on the agenda behind Kenya’s Building Bridges Initiative and the ongoing Anglophone conflict in Cameroon.
This week’s featured conversation is withKen Opalo(@kopalo), an Assistant Professor at the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He talks about his newly published book,Legislative Development in Africa: Politics and Postcolonial Legacies. Long-time listeners might recall that Ken was on the showback in 2017, ahead of the Kenyan elections. Have a listen to Rachel’s conversation with Ken about his book and about his next project, which examines government provision of public goods, like health services. Their conversation begins at 13:36.