Bite-Size Democracy

#BSDemocracy is a 10-minute (max) weekly program on ADI YouTube page that focuses on democratic issues occurring on the continent. The purpose of the show is to give Africans a snapshot of key happenings on the continent in fun, objective and bite sized segments.  It will be pre-recorded each week, airing on Tuesdays and features the youth, experts, researchers, and public personalities etc. on relevant topics pertaining to the field of democracy. The show also aims to be interactive with its audience; at the end of every month viewers will be asked to send in questions that will be answered on the show.


  • A one stop weekly pre-recorded roundup of everything democracy related occurring on the African continent,
  • Capture the interest of young people to engage on issues pertaining to democracy,
  • Engage Africans to research and understand the fundamentals of democracy,
  • Encourage Africans to voice their opinions on issues that affect them within the scope of democracy,
  • Create a platform where events and issues around democracy in Africa are easily accessible.

To feature as a guest or send comments/queries please contact: Ms. Ottilia Gadzikwa – Head of Comunications – at:

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ADI Film Screening & Debate Program

Democracy is underpinned by numerous thematic areas and principles which jointly allow for the realisation of democratic governance. In May 2016, ADI launched a new initiative; film screenings which would highlight topical democratic principles with the aim of encouraging public debate.

On a quarterly basis, ADI will screen documentaries, films, movies, etc. that fall under our organizational pillars: Education, Peace & Security and Institutional Development or within our vision to Build, Uplift, Protect, the quality and extent of democracy on the African continent. We hope by initiating this program, citizens will become more conscious of the achievements and struggles faced by Africans in consolidating democracy on the continent.

Themes & Films screened in 2016:

  • ‘Democrats’Two political opponents are appointed to write Zimbabwe’s new constitution. It is the ultimate test that can bring an end to President Mugabe’s 30 years of autocratic rule. It can go either way: towards the birth of a constitutional democracy – or renewed repression.
  • ‘Umunthu’an African response to homosexuality in Malawi. Filmmaker Mwiza Nyirenda goes ona minibus journey with two friennds who have opposing views onsame-sex criminalization.

ADI-Blavatnik Scholarship Masters of Public Policy (MPP)

The Institute sponsored 2 students from Malawi to attend the Blavatnik School of Government in Oxford for a 12 month Master of Public Policy Program. The number of students increased to 4 in the 2014-2015 cohort and came from Nigeria, Tunisia and Zambia. The objective of the scholarship is to develop African leadership in the public policy space by contributing to scholars who can become effective, informed and principled public servants.



Mastewal Taddese


I was born and raised in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. I recently earned degrees in Politics and Social Research & Public Policy from New York University, Abu Dhabi (NYUAD).

Throughout four years of my undergraduate study I was immersed in research around key public policy issues of national or global significance. My interest ranges from improving education policy and good governance in Africa, to labor migration, international law and politics.


Andrew Levi Olando


I join the Blavatnik School of Government from the Investigations practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Nairobi. Having also worked in the London practice, my professional experience covers supporting high-profile fraud investigations and commercial disputes affecting public and private sector institutions in numerous jurisdictions. Prior to joining PwC, I worked at a start-up risk advisory firm in Nairobi offering bespoke policy advice in respect of national police reforms and fraud risk management in the private sector.

I hold an MPhil degree in Criminological Research from Cambridge University as a Cambridge Trusts Scholar, and an undergraduate degree in Forensic Science from the University of Kent. My key policy interests concern governance and criminal justice.


Rose Wachuka Macharia


I was born in Nyeri County; the highlands forming part of central-Kenya. I studied law at Moi University-Eldoret where I graduated in 2009. I then proceeded to the Kenya School of Law and was called to the bar in November 2011. In September 2013, I joined the United States International University to read a Master in International Relations (Foreign Policy, Diplomacy and Development).

After my LLB graduation, I worked with the firm of Waweru Gatonye & Company Advocates for two years before joining the Judiciary as a Legal Researcher/Law Clerk of the Supreme Court of Kenya, where I had worked for three years before joining BSG. I have however been engaged in local, regional and international development initiatives for over 10 years. I am interested in the workings of government generally and particularly, the development of concrete and actionable health policies in developing countries focusing mainly on the Kenyan model.


Francis Kemaworlee Colee


I hail from Lofa County, Liberia, West Africa. I hold a B.A. in Political Science with emphasis in international relations from the University of Liberia. I am joining BSG after serving as Program Coordinator and Deputy Director at Green Advocates which is a human rights organization working on rights-based issues in post-war Liberia. My work experience has included investigating the effect of multinational corporations on local communities; securing community land rights; promoting community-company dialogues; helping formalize the informal sector through policy reform and working with local communities to exercise their rights to free, prior and informed consent.

I am doing the MPP because it addresses concrete economic and social issues. My key policy interests include the impact of national development policies on economic, social and cultural rights of local communities; public policies concerning the best framework for fragile states; and the use of indigenous knowledge in climate change adaptation.


Kopo Gary Mapila

South Africa

My policy interests are centred on socio-economic development and employment creation through the use of industrial policy. Prior to the MPP, I worked within the Ministry of Economic Development (South African government). As a Policy Analyst, I worked on various policy issues affecting both South Africa’s domestic economy and the Southern African region broadly. Some of my work included conducting research and analysis on South Africa’s manufacturing, mining and energy sectors. I have also worked on policy issues around regional economic integration and cross border industrialization.

I hold a Bachelor’s of Social Science degree in Politics, Public Policy and Administration and Economic History, from the University of Cape Town. I also hold a Bachelor’s of Commerce (Honour’s) degree in Development Theory and Policy from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. Beyond this, in 2014, I was selected to participate in President Obama’s inaugural Mandela Washington Fellowship for young African leaders.


Victoria Ntinyari Mwirichia


I join the Blavatnik School of Government after acquiring five years of professional working experience in government, private sector and the non-profit world including a Sino-Africa focused think tank. My policy interests lie in socio-economic development particularly through education and empowerment of youth and infrastructure delivery. I have focused primarily on public-private partnership (PPP) projects in East Africa.

For the last two years, I have been working on furthering China-Africa ties by helping African entrepreneurs leverage China’s presence in the African continent. Upon completion of the MPP programme, I will continue to engage stakeholders in the development of sustainable and measurable public-private partnership initiatives. My goal is to contribute to the socio-economic development of slums and urban settlements in African economies. I hold a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from the United States International University-Africa in Nairobi, Kenya.



Kunda Chinku


A competent 31 year who has spent 6 years working in advocacy roles at the Open Society Foundation and the Center for Economic and Policy Research, both in Washington. Post her MPP; she wants to dedicate her career to advancing economic, social and political rights in Sub Saharan Africa. She wants to work with Institutions such as the African Development Bank. She holds an Undergraduate degree in Political Science from Middlebury College in the US.


Quiem Chettaou


Quiem is a 26-year-old Tunisian who has always had an interest in Democracy, Politics and Public Policy. She is doing the MPP so she can meaningfully and effectively contribute to her country. The Masters Program will equip her with the necessary tools to access the world of Public Policy Research and Consultancy. She completed her Masters in International Relations in 2014.


Lawal’ Yusuf’


A 29 year old doctor who wants to do the MPP to get the necessary leadership and management skills for a senior policy role in the Ministry of Health in Nigeria. He comes with a very strong academic background, he got distinction in his Medical Degree and a distinction in his Masters in Global Health from Oxford University.


Uzoma Nwagba


An academically outstanding 26 year old who has studied at top Universities in the USA. He has also made an impact through his work in Nigeria. He developed and initiated a schools program for 1,000 high schools and 750,000-students, whilst working at the Office of the Lagos State Commissioner for Social Development, for which he won The Nigeria Leadership Initiative Award. He has an Undergraduate Degree in Electrical Engineering from Howard University and an MBA from Harvard.



Henry Mphwanthe


26-year-old Henry’s policy interests focus on Global health Financing and Public Private Partnerships in developing countries. Prior to joining the BSG, he was working as a Technical Advisor for the Government of Nigeria on Health Financing under The Overseas Development Institute Fellowship Scheme. Among other interests he is a passionate Researcher of poverty, inequality and economic growth changes in Africa. He holds a BSc in Economics from the University of Malawi and a MSc in Development Economics from the University of Sussex. Having completed the MPP he is now seconded to the Ministry of Health, Zimbabwe by the World Bank and CORDAID to provide technical support to the policy and planning division.


Teresa Phiri


24-year-old Teresa holds a BA in Political Economics from Sarah Lawrence College and joined the BSG to advance her understanding of public policy. Her policy interests are wide ranging but she has a particular interest in environmental and energy policy. While completing her MPP, Teresa spent her summer working with Citi in its public Sector Group. She is now looking for opportunities to build on her experience in Data Analytics and Research particularly in the fields of healthcare, education and energy.