WATCH! Interview with the Carter Centre’s Ben Graham Jones on their...

The Carter Centre released its preliminary report on the Kenyan Presidential Election 2022 on 8 September 2022. The expert mission focussed primarily...

What Google Trends Data can Tell Us About the Tanzanian Election

Over the last 5 years, Tanzania has seen a steady increase in authoritarian practices. This trend reached its climax in the recent...

Facebook’s ongoing scramble for Africa

In 2016, Facebook’s grand project to ‘connect the unconnected’ was banned in India after a year-long national debate led by digital activists....

INTRO: Why digital democracy will take more than technology in Africa

From the mid-2000s onwards, the digital revolution raised hopes of democratic transformation and strengthening in Africa. But it hasn’t quite turned out...

Short on strategy: WhatsApp use in the Ugandan elections

This week’s general election in Uganda concludes a unique campaign. In July 2020, the Electoral Commission announced restrictions in response to the...

Why social media activists face an uphill struggle in Zimbabwe

Long considered economically and socially underdeveloped compared with the rest of the world, Africa has in recent years emerged as an important...

#BookClub: What’s up with WhatsApp in West Africa?

It’s refreshing to find research on digital media in African contexts that avoids framing the analysis solely around policy ‘problems’ of ‘development’,...

LAUNCH: Decoding #DigitalDemocracy in Africa

It is here! Democracy in Africa is proud to launch a special issue of blogs and analysis on Decoding...

How Social Media is Changing Politics in Africa

In our popular Book Club feature, Maggie Dwyer and Thomas Molony reflect on the key lessons of their important new volume on Social Media...

Social media, the Diaspora, and the Politics of Ethnicity in Ethiopia

On Monday 29 June I noticed my social media feeds become overwhelmed with posts about the sudden death of Hachalu Hundessa, an...