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Nanjala Nyabola

  • Non-Resident Fellow

Nanjala Nyabola contributes policy analysis to the Pathfinders Grand Challenge on Inequality and Exclusion and CIC’s Defending and Promoting Multilateralism program.

As an independent writer and researcher, her work focuses on the intersection between technology, media, and society. She has held numerous research associate positions including with the Centre for International Governance Innovation, the Overseas Development Institute, and the Oxford Internet Institute, while also working as a research lead for projects on human rights and digital rights around the world. She has published in several academic journals, including the African Security Review and The Women’s Studies Quarterly, and contributed to numerous edited collections. She also writes commentary for publications like The NationAl JazeeraThe Boston Review and others. She is the author of Digital Democracy, Analogue Politics: How the Internet Era is Transforming Politics in Kenya (Zed Books, 2018) and Travelling While Black: Essays Inspired by a Life on the Move (Hurst Books, 2020).

She holds a BA in African Studies and Political Science from the University of Birmingham, an MSc in African Studies and an MSc in Forced Migration, both from the University of Oxford, as well as a JD from Harvard Law School.

  • Publication: Report July 6, 2021 Promoting and Defending Multilateralism

    It’s Time to Go Back to Basics of Governance

    The COVID-19 pandemic is an opportunity to re-evaluate the principles or ideas that are at the heart of theories of government, that is the fundamentals of governance and public theory. This paper tries to point to some of the important thinking from the south and from non-western sources and traditions that have helped shape modern understanding of social contract theory. It is not intended to be a comprehensive review, in such a short paper, but rather a selection that reflects the richness and variety of such sources and how they have impacted thinking throughout the ages.

  • Publication: Policy Brief June 9, 2021 Inequality & Exclusion

    Digital Equity as an Enabling Platform for Equality and Inclusion

    The global pandemic has laid bare the digital inequities across vertical (income) and horizontal (social, political, and identity) dimensions, while exposing the extent to which pre-pandemic approaches to bridging the digital divide have been dominated by economic considerations even while they are not universally treated as policy priorities. This brief reviews key aspects of the digital divide, with special attention to exclusion and inequality, emphasizing that poor connectivity isn’t just about wealth—it is also about inequality.

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