The Uses and Abuses of Social Media in Africa

A recent conference at the University of Edinburgh went "Beyond the Hashtag" to explore the impact of social media in Africa. Don't worry if...

The humanitarian response to COVID-19 in Somalia will make things worse

As Somalia braces for the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, debt relief will not help prepare it for the financial and political catastrophe ahead....

Power, peace, and space in Africa

Franzisca Zanker tell us about her work with Claudia Simons and Andreas Mehler, which focuses on the local dimensions of power-sharing in Africa. A...

Democratic Republic of Congo’s negotiated democracy

With elections nowhere in sight and with President Kabila clinging onto power despite his mandate having expired in December 2016, Ilunga Mpyana analyses the...

Do Kenyan women get a fair deal?

Kenya is a mass of contradictions when it comes to gender, argues our co-editor Nic Cheeseman. So how well are women faring in terms...

The politics of environmental protection and social justice

In the latest instalment of our popular "Book Club" feature that brings you the best insights of the most important new volumes, Prakash Kashwan discusses...

Ghana’s new Chief Justice has a tough job on her hands

The country’s second female Chief Justice inherits a judiciary that is still reeling from an undercover media investigation that revealed endemic corruption, writes Michael...

Gender Equity: Where there’s a will, there’s a way

The Winihin Jemide Series has published a global report today on women in politics and government in Nigeria. Drawing on data between 199 and 2015, this...

Why Africa should not follow the “Rwandan” model

DiA's Nic Cheeseman gets fed up with people telling him that other African countries could do better if they followed the Rwandan model, and sets out...

Escalating violence in Central African Republic exposes limits of UN peacekeeping

David Bruckmeier analyses the limits of UN peacekeeping operations in the Central African Republic conflict as violence escalates to near unprecedented levels. ***** A year and...