Reflections from the DRC

20th December 2016 16:00 With growing contestation surrounding President Kabila term, Pat Stys from the University of Edinburgh spoke to citizens in the Democratic Republic...

President Zuma responds to student protests

Following mass protests by students across South Africa, President Jacob Zuma has moved to freeze tuition fees. However, this strategy is unlikely to pacify...

Robert Mugabe makes a comeback

Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe’s former president appears to be backing a new opposition political party, the National Patriotic Front. DiA’s Obert Hodzi analyses the impact...

Natural resources and resistance in Western Sahara

Joanna Allan explores the roots of resistance in Western Sahara, reflecting on how oil, phosphates and the struggle against colonialism have played out in...

Of democratic inclusion and dividends: women cabinet ministers and women’s interests...

Continuing our gender and politics series, Chiedo Nwankwor shifts our attention from women in legislative bodies, to women in the cabinet. There has been...

Agents of change? Staging and governing diasporas and the African state

During the last decade, African diasporas have emerged as agents of change in international development thinking. Diasporas are being courted by donors, sending states,...

Women, ethnicity and power in Africa

In many African countries, power is concentrated in the hands of the executive. Therefore, Leonardo Arriola and Martha Johnson  argue, we need to better...

Are newspapers on their way out?

With a new series on media and democracy in the pipeline at DiA, our co-editor ponders the future of newspapers in Kenya and beyond. The...

A laboratory for the new citizen: Rwanda’s Itorero ry’Igihugu program and...

Continuing our series on Rwanda, Andrea Purdekova explores the Itorero re'Igihugu program that seeks to provide 'civic education' to Rwandans across the country. She...
The media, corruption and democracy in Africa

The media, corruption and democracy in Africa

Does the media in Africa spur democratization by promoting free speech or constrain political liberalization because it is rife with corruption? But just how...