Mugabe is dead, but old men still rule Africa

Despite the departure of some of Africa's longest serving leaders in recent years, the continent is still dominated by old men. Henning Melber explores...

What Africa has to teach the world about democracy

Recent episodes of backsliding in countries such as South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda has led to a resurgence of Afropessimism and the idea that...

Women’s Activism in Africa: Struggles for Rights and Representation

Our popular Book Club feature brings you accessible and powerful summaries of the best books on Africa. In this edition, Balghis Badri and Aili...

Southern Africa’s liberation movements: Can they abandon old bad habits?

Over the past year, there has been leadership changes in Angola, South Africa and Zimbabwe, but does this leadership renewal signal the renewal of...

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...

Democratisation and single-party dominance: The case of Namibia

Ian Cooper tells us about his recent paper, in which he argues that Namibia has democratised under single-party dominance, contrary to popular thinking on democratic...

The state of democracy in Africa

In his regular column for the Daily Nation, our co-editor Nic Cheeseman asks how we should define, measure, and systematically understand democracy across the diverse...