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,...

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...
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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...

How do dictators keep power in Africa?

How do dictators retain power? And why do some autocrats manipulate elections more than others? Yonatan Morse explains the most important lessons from his...

Why there’s a case for giving foreign aid to authoritarian regimes

Should democracies give foreign aid to countries that are not democracies? That’s the topic I will be debating with leading thinkers from Islamic Relief,...

How new media platforms have become powerful across Africa

An important site for accountability and representation, or for censorship, fake news and polarisation? George Ogola unpacks how new media platforms have impacted dialogue...