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...

Proportional Representation and democracy in Zambia

Is proportional representation the solution to Zambia’s politics of personality? Can it improve public policy making and implementation? Timothy Wild explores prospects for Proportional...
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New dictionary provides nuanced insights into the language of African politics

A new dictionary of African politics is much more than just a collection of words argue  Eloïse Bertrand, Nic Cheeseman and Sa'eed Husaini. Every country has...

Why Democracy and Authoritarianism Are Both on the Rise in Africa

DiA's own Nic Cheeseman looks at the trends in democracy and authoritarianism in Africa over the last few years, and identifies an increasingly divided...

Citizenship in Africa: The Law of Belonging

Bronwen Manby takes us through her new book Citizenship in Africa: The Law of Belonging. In an important contribution to the literature on statehood, citizenship and...

An open letter to President Edgar Lungu over human rights

Sishuwa Sishuwa chronicles the constant questioning of the identity and nationality of Zambia’s presidents – and challenges President Lungu’s strategy of incarcerating opposition leader,...

Zambia: Lessons from the local government by-elections

Sishuwa Sishuwa gives a candid analysis of the just ended local government by-elections in Zambia, arguing that the by-elections show the reluctance of Zambia’s main...

New Book Blog: Why African leaders are more constrained by democratic...

Nic Cheeseman shares some of the highlights of his new book - Institutions and Democracy in Africa (CUP, 2018) - arguing that failing to recognise...

Crisis? What crisis? Everything is fine in Zambia!

Zambia is in crisis! Going beyond the behavior of Zambia's politicians, Sishuwa Sishuwa explains how economic decline, sustained institutional deterioration and heightened political divisions...

Zambia Update: What was the purpose of Lungu’s cabinet reshuffle?

Sishuwa Sishuwa catches us up with recent events in Zambia, and considers the latest cabinet reshuffle. Why was the Minister of Finance replaced, and what...