Identity, politics, and reconciliation in Zanzibar

Sigrun Marie Moss and Kjetil Tronvoll explore the rise and fall of reconciliatory politics in Zanzibar. They ask how and why intergroup relations underwent...

Political stalemate deepens in Tanzania

Michaela Collord explores the continuing stand off between President Magufuli and the opposition coalition in Tanzania and asks what consequences it will have for the country. Michaela...

Tanzania – Where President Magufuli’s politics and his economics meet

Michaela point to ways in which Magufuli’s economic strategy supports the consolidation of the President’s own, quite fragile political base. Michaela is a DPhil candidate...

Tanzania – President Magufuli versus the investors

Michaela Collord takes a look at the impact of President Magufuli's populist policies in Tanzania, after a special presidential committed issued a report alleging that...

Parliament pins executive over corruption scandal in Tanzania

In this blog, Michaela Collord takes a look at the escrow scandal in Tanzania, and the impressive efforts by politicians to investigate the issue...

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...

Closing the camps: Kenya’s déjà-vu politics

Hanno Brankamp explores refugee politics in Kenya. The government's announced closure of its refugee camps is not just a worrying déjà-vu; it is driven by national politics...

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...

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...

Whose government is it anyway? Uranium extraction in Tanzania

In this blog, James Mitchell argues that the CCM government in Tanzania is helping foreign mining companies to systematically exploit their citizens. James is...