Compassion vs. coercion: Protecting lives & enhancing legitimacy in COVID-19 Africa

As cases of coronavirus rise across Africa, there is growing recognition that the pandemic could evolve into a crisis not just of health and...
The Continent Issue 3

The Continent – brilliant free African journalism

The Continent is a brilliant new venture from Simon Allison and the team at Mail&Guardian. It brings together fantastic writing from African journalists across...

COVID-19 in Africa: Going Beyond Lockdowns vs. Livelihoods

The COVID-19 outbreak pandemic has rapidly re-shaped ways of life in Africa and across the world. It has destroyed lives, it threatens to undermine...

How can we make research in the “Global South” more ethical?

How to ethically conduct research in what is often called the Global South has become an increasingly controversial topic. Even terms such as "fieldwork"...

What gives naked protest its power in Africa?

Even while new technologies transform political protest, citizens continue to use their bodies in acts of civil resistance. A new journal article on northern...

Deforestation and Politics in Africa: Connecting the Dots

In the latest in our popular Book Club feature, Nadia Rabesahala Horning probes the relationship between politics and deforestation in Africa, and argues that one...

The coming debt crisis? How African states borrow, and who they...

There is growing concern about the level of debt accumulated by countries such as Ghana and Zambia. In the latest in our popular Book...

Legislative Development in Africa: Politics and Postcolonial Legacies

In the latest instalment of our popular Book Club feature, one of the rising stars of African studies, Ken Opalo, shares the main messages...

Presidents and term-limits in Africa: a tribute to Robert Elgie

There are three types of academics. Some work hard to publish their ideas, and have an influence through the body of work they leave...

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...