Paul Kariuki

Dr Paul Kariuki is the director of the Democracy Development Programme in Durban. These are his own views.

Covidpreneurship: From corruption to rebuilding legitimacy and trust in our political leadership

High levels of corruption and low levels of trust go together; citizens need to use every available resource to hold government to account

A partnership between citizens and the state is needed to manage the pandemic

Covid-19 has taught us that we need an effective local government, a preventative and curative health system, evidence-based policing, a politically neutral public service and public participation in governance

Time to get tough on failing municipalities

Consequence management would deter ineffective, indifferent, non-compliant and crooked officials whose actions and attitudes prevent the efficient delivery of services to the public

SA needs more young people in politics

Young people are a critical demographic in South Africa, but their influence on national politics in the past two decades has been limited

Sense-making: Why it matters in mitigating Covid-19

We need it to help us act responsibly when the world as we knew it seems to have shifted. It gives us something to hold on to and free us from fear’s grip

Covid-19: A new order for civil society organisations

The sector needs to adapt to changed circumstances by revisiting strategies, budgets, missions and objectives and work collaboratively

Can democracy be distance friendly?

Parliament and parliamentarians need to adjust their working procedures to ensure they are there for citizens during this crisis

Covid-19 has long-term implications for politics and policymaking

We need to work together regardless of our political ideologies to build the health system, stabilise the economy and protect the most vulnerable in society

A moment for responsible active citizenship

Everyone has a moral responsibility and critical role to play in reducing the transmission of the disease

Cyril must boldly face political conundrums

The president and his team must make decisions in the public’s best interests, despite the corruption and factionalism in the ANC

Everyone is responsible for creating ethical leadership

Citizens, politicians, business people and civil society organisations must reject unethical leaders

Flailing coalitions are failing democracy in SA

Battles between the parties affect their ability to deliver promises to the electorate

Press Releases

Dr Sumy Thomas: Deciphering the human puzzle, from the inside out

The Discovery Foundation MGH Fellowship Award recipient for 2020 will focus on internal medicine, particularly the endocrine system of patients affected by HIV

Touching lives through innovation

Africa has a high youth population that adapts to technology quickly, and this phenomenon is something which should be taken advantage of

Festive Reading

In The Whistleblowers, Mandy Wiener talks to a wide range of the people who have revealed corruption and malfeasance in government and business

Centre for Women & Gender Studies

The CWGS aims to resuscitate the histories of African women from all walks of life in an intellectual cleansing/ukuhlambulula of her story

Greening the Future

The awards are a way of encouraging progress and celebrating those who wake up every day and work to make this country a better more sustainable place

Failing to learn the lessons? The impact of Covid-19 on a Broken and Unequal Education System

If the president was serious about fixing basic education, he would appoint his most competent minister with a powerful mandate to start fixing it

National Science and Technology Forum

It's an independent SETI platform, an essential element of an active democracy and an important part of the collaboration process needed in SETI

Milestones over the NSTF’s 25-year history

The organisation celebrates its Silver Jubilee as an established player in the NSI and as promoter and influencer of SET and innovation in South Africa