Imagining a different form of external support in Libya

Dr Mediel Hove argues that there is a role for external actors in Libya but it should be driven by the African Union and...

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...

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...

Rwanda and Arsenal: Why a budding developmental state is sponsoring a...

Pritish Behuria explores the possible motivations behind Rwanda's decision to sponsor Arsenal, and prospects for success for the "Visit Rwanda" campaign. ***** On 23 May, The Rwandan Development Board announced that...

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...

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...

Kenya: Is devolution working?

Polarisation has long been a feature of Kenyan politics, where ethnic, religious, and other identity based divisions have driven episodic violence, especially around elections....

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...

Land rights and mobility: the unintended consequences of durable solutions in...

Amelia Kuch takes a look at Tanzania, where durable solutions have been offered to Burundian refugees. New political rules are now in play for these...

Should we abandon the sister-party approach to democracy promotion?

Susan Dodsworth and our Co-Editor, Nic Cheeseman, interrogate whether partnering political parties with purportedly similar political ideologies is a helpful means of democracy promotion. Their...