Pranish Desai
Pranish Desai is a doctoral student in political science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His core areas of focus are in comparative politics and political methodology, with a specific interest in the politics of Southern Africa. Between 2021 and 2024, Pranish held several key positions within the Governance Insights and Analytics programme at GGA. In these roles, he was centrally responsible for the elevation and enhancement of the Governance Performance Index as GGA's flagship governance assessment tool. Before departing GGA, Pranish also played a key role in the development of our strategic framework for the 2024-2028 period.
Coalitions are almost certain – the pros and cons

Coalitions are almost certain – the pros and cons

One of the most important issues to unpack before the elections is coalition politics. There are three key questions to answer: Why do coalitions form? Why is South Africa seeing more and more of them? How might South Africa reduce the risk that the instability...

SONA must reflect Ramaphosa’s ultimate duty

SONA must reflect Ramaphosa’s ultimate duty

A somewhat perplexing disconnect lies at the heart of South African democracy today. On the one hand, the country continues to perform relatively well, particularly within the African context, on the global indices of democratic quality and political rights which are...

Why data matters for governance

Why data matters for governance

Data is becoming increasingly central to our daily lives, influencing both personal choices and broader societal decisions. From a governance perspective, improved access to and understanding of data can pave the way for evidence-based policymaking. While Africa does...

Eswatini in 2023: A data overview

Eswatini in 2023: A data overview

On Friday 29 September 2023, the Kingdom of Eswatini will hold its next general elections. A landlocked country in Southern Africa, Eswatini reports a total population of approximately 1.2 million – the second smallest of any non-Island African nation. Ahead of the...

Pranish Desai
Pranish Desai is a doctoral student in political science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His core areas of focus are in comparative politics and political methodology, with a specific interest in the politics of Southern Africa. Between 2021 and 2024, Pranish held several key positions within the Governance Insights and Analytics programme at GGA. In these roles, he was centrally responsible for the elevation and enhancement of the Governance Performance Index as GGA's flagship governance assessment tool. Before departing GGA, Pranish also played a key role in the development of our strategic framework for the 2024-2028 period.