African countries need to up their game to embed constitutional democracy

A number of African countries including Kenya and South Africa now have high quality progressive constitutions. But this does not always mean that they...
Global UK, Africa policy after Brexit

‘Global Britain’ and Africa beyond Brexit

The United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union presents an opportunity for the UK and Africa to negotiate more favourable trading terms for their...

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...

Legislative Development in Africa: Politics and Postcolonial Legacies

In the latest instalment of our popular Book Club feature, one of the rising stars of African studies, Ken Opalo, shares the main messages...

Presidents and term-limits in Africa: a tribute to Robert Elgie

There are three types of academics. Some work hard to publish their ideas, and have an influence through the body of work they leave...

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...

KENYA – The imperilled presidency

This is the second piece from the members of our DiA Academy. Leonard Wanyama, a development and governance practitioner in Kenya, in this piece,...

Why Kenyan politicians are wrong to pay themselves a “house allowance”

Not for the first time, Kenya's parliamentarians are dominating the mainstream and alternative media, and not for the right reasons. Duncan Otieno explains ... Kenyans...

Is social media killing elections in Africa?

Free and fair elections are needed for democracy, and their manipulation has always been an issue. But with the advent of social media, has...

The Book Club: Devolution in Kenya

Our popular “Book Club” features the best of the new publications on African politics. This week, we bring you the work of Dominic Burbidge,...