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The State of Democracy in Africa

DiA's Nic Cheeseman is taking the day off to celebrate his 40th birthday, so to mark the occasion we thought we would re-post one...

Ethiopia elects first female president

On 25 October 2018, the Ethiopian parliament elected Sahle-Work Zewde as the country’s new president. Sahle-Work, who is a long-time diplomat, becomes Ethiopia’s first...

In Nigeria, President Buhari hits the ground walking

DiA's own Nic Cheeseman reflects on the first few weeks of President Buhari's second term in Nigeria following his re-election in polls...

Understanding the lessons of Kenya’s 2017 elections

What does the Kenyan election of 2017 have to tell us about the capacity of the country's constitution to reduce winner-takes-all dynamics and promote...
Breakfast for Democracy How to Clean an Election Discussion with Nic Cheeseman

How to clean an election

DiA's Nic Cheeseman joined Svein-Erik Helle (UiB) for a fascinating discussion of how to fight back against electoral manipulation as part of the Breaking Bad...
Dictionary of African Politics Cover

New dictionary provides nuanced insights into the language of African politics

A new dictionary of African politics is much more than just a collection of words argue  Eloïse Bertrand, Nic Cheeseman and Sa'eed Husaini. Every country has...

Why democracy is better for development than authoritarianism in Africa

DiA's own Nic Cheeseman has spent some of the last couple of months going through the Bertlesmann Transformation Index to understand the implications of...
BBC Focus on Africa, Nigeria Podcast

PODCAST: Was the Nigerian election free and fair?

The Nigerian president election results are out and the incumbent, President Buhari, has conformably defeated his main rival Atiku Abubakar. But does the low turn...

Why Democracy and Authoritarianism Are Both on the Rise in Africa

DiA's own Nic Cheeseman looks at the trends in democracy and authoritarianism in Africa over the last few years, and identifies an increasingly divided...

The Big Debate: Should aid only go to democracies

Should UK aid only be given to democracies? On Thursday 31 January 2019 a high profile set of policy actors and thinkers - including...