Balancing foreign affairs and domestic issues: PM Abiy’s challenge

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed of Ethiopia has an unprecedented drive for a strong, united, peaceful and democratic Ethiopia. However, to actualize it, Zelalem Teshome...

Ethiopia: a false hope?

In the wake of Zenawi's death and the rise of Dessalegn, Abiye Megenta explores the political landscape in Ethiopia, assessing the prospects for democracy...

Power and electoral politics in Ethiopia

In this blog, Elise Dufief argues that in the 2005 and 2010 elections, the Ethiopian government repeatedly made empty gestures towards democratic practice so...
Democracy in Africa

From democracy promotion to ‘politically smart’ governance reform in Africa

Rosie Pinnington provides an important critique of the 'politically smart' governance reform that is being adopted by increasing numbers of donors. Rosie is a DPhil...

Ethiopia-Eritrea: What comes after the reconciliation?

Last July, the Horn of Africa experienced a major event: Ethiopia and Eritrea reconciled and put into effect a peace deal. This reconciliation between...

Why some African Autocrats love Political Decentralization

Lovise Aalen and Ragnhild Louise Muriaas explain why political decentralization should not be confused with democratization in Africa. On the contrary, widespread popular political...

Is there a developmental model of the internet emerging in Africa?

In this article, Iginio Gagliardone and Frederick Golooba-Mutebi explore the approach that Rwanda and Ethiopia have been taking towards information and communications technology (ICT), and ask...

Ufahamu Africa: A great new podcast you need in your life

Two of our favourite academics in the whole world run a podcast that you need in your life. They have also used the podcast...

Democratic breakthroughs in Africa: time to celebrate but worries still linger

With International Day of Democracy on 15th September, Nic Cheeseman takes stock of key trends and developments across sub-Saharan Africa. ***** Nic Cheeseman, University of Birmingham There...

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...