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Ayesha Kajee

Ayesha Kajee is a South Africa-based consultant on governance, human rights and education issues. She previously served as Executive Director of the Freedom of Expression Institute and as the first director of the International Human Rights Exchange at Wits University in Johannesburg.

At the South African Institute of International Affairs, she headed the Africa Political Parties project. A skilled teacher, Ayesha has lectured courses in Politics, International Relations and Human Rights.

Her extensive travels through much of sub-Saharan Africa have facilitated an understanding of the governance and rights landscape in several regions. Key focus countries include Sudan, Zimbabwe, Rwanda, Malawi, Mauritius, Liberia, Kenya, Ghana and Angola.

An activist feminist devoted to capacity building, Ayesha is a founder member of the Right2Know campaign and has formerly served on the board of Transparency International’s South Africa chapter.

Articles by Ayesha Kajee

How the War in Ukraine Affects Africa

Poor countries bear a disproportionate brunt of Putin’s war. But the fundamental reshaping of energy policies also offers seeds of hope for Africa.

March 28, 2022

Sudan: Justice for Darfur Genocide Finally in Sight?

Domestic peace at long last? Sudan's fraught path to the ICC in The Hague.

August 9, 2021

Apartheid’s Worst Nightmare: A Flawed and Very Human Hero

Winnie Mandela’s contradictory personas are a reflection of the history of South Africa and of the society that it is today.

April 15, 2018

Dateline South Africa: A Rational Approach to Responsible Media

What would be the best way to monitor South Africa's media while not compromising citizens' rights to information?

August 31, 2010

South Africa Post-World Cup: All’s Well — or Hello Orwell?

Is South Africa experiencing a surge of freedom after the World Cup hype — or is it regressing to apartheid-era laws?

August 30, 2010

Zimbabwe as South Africa, Circa 1990 (Part II)

How can Zimbabwe embrace dialogue to resolve its seemingly intractable human rights crisis?

April 3, 2007

Zimbabwe as South Africa, Circa 1990 (Part I)

When it comes to Africa, can we learn from our mistakes instead of endlessly repeating them?

April 2, 2007

War Criminals: Beware the Ides of March

Do recent events in Africa indicate better odds for an effective multilateral justice system?

March 31, 2006