Democracy’s Infrastructure

In this edition of our popular DiA Book Club, Antina von Schnitzler shares thought-provoking insights from her book, Democracy’s Infrastructure. Read more to understand...

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...

President Ramaphosa faces populist pushback in South Africa

Many are hoping that Cyril Ramaphosa can turn South Africa around, by reforming the government and civil service and inspiring economic growth. But, argues Jason...

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...

Contradictions of Democracy: Vigilantism and Rights in Post-Apartheid South Africa

What does the worrying high level of violence in South Africa mean for democracy? In our popular Book Club feature, Nicholas Rush Smith explains...

Factionalism and corruption could kill the ANC – unless it kills...

ANC’s electoral support is waning! Is it a momentary failure or it’s the new normal? Christopher Isike explains why corruption and factionalism rather than...

South Africa: What can we learn from the EFF’s populist-military style?

As the votes are being counted in South Africa, Matthias Pauwels takes a look at the style and symbolism of one of the country's...

What’s next for Ramaphosa as South Africa heads to the Polls?

As South Africa holds its 6th national and provincial elections, Nicole Beardsworth explores what is next for Cyril Ramaphosa. How will he deal with...

Are NGOs in Africa a Force for Good?

What role does civil society and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have to play in achieving social justice? In our popular Book Club feature, Sally Matthews...