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Political consultants in Africa will have minor impact

Monday, July 31, 2017

Subject

International consulting in Africa

Significance

Civil society groups accuse foreign advisers and consultancy firms of helping African ruling parties to use divisive strategies to cover up corruption and win elections. International consultants have become a common feature of African elections.

Impacts

  • Hiring international companies will drive up the already-rising cost of African election campaigns -- resulting in a vicious circle.
  • As socio-economic development leads to expanding internet penetration, the value and use of data mining and profiling will increase.
  • Civil society organisations and opposition parties will begin to push for the introduction of more effective data protection rules.
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