All of us at Democracy in Africa are thrilled to announce that we have joined The Continent, the brilliant new venture from Simon Allison and the team at Mail&Guardian. As many of you will know, The Continent brings together fantastic writing from journalists across Africa and, what is more, makes it available to you for free. Now every issue of The Continent will also bring you the latest research from those from and working in Africa, curtesy of DiA.
The twentieth collaboration is out now and features Princess Hamman-Obels on the important lessons from the Edo State elections for Nigerian politics – including new insights into Godfatherism and elite politics. Download the latest edition and the contribution from Princess Hamman-Obels now: The Continent Issue 29 – 14 November 2020
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The Continent Issue 25 – 17 October 2020
DIA collaboration: Mbulle-Nziege Leonard on why Guinea’s election is more likely to result in hate speech and the deaths of citizens than political change.
The Continent Issue 24 – 10 October 2020
DIA collaboration: Julie Owono’s passionate argument about why Silicon Valley needs to needs to be more responsible in Africa.
The Continent Issue 23 – 3 October 2020
DIA collaboration: Ibrahim Barrie on the worrying increase in political polarisation in Sierra Leone, and the risk of political instability in the future.
The Continent Issue 22 – 26 September 2020
DIA collaboration: Scovian Lillian on how gender inequality has caused a political crisis in Kenya, and why it is proving so hard to implement a constitutional clause that would promote gender balance within parliament.
The Continent Issue 21 – 19 September 2020
DIA collaboration: Yohannes Woldemariam on what is necessary to ensure the survival of Ethiopia in the context of growing unrest and controversy about the leadership of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed
The Continent Issue 20 – 12 September 2020
DIA collaboration: Anne Abaho’s thoughtful deconstruction of the ways in which “digital elections” during COVID19 will exclude marginalised communities that cannot afford Internet access.
The Continent Issue 19 – 5 September 2020
DIA collaboration: Fatima Al Ansar’s revealing update on events in Mali and why the role of ECOWAS and international partners is so important to the fate of the transition.
The Continent Issue 18 – 29 August 2020
DIA collaboration: Gilles Olakounlé Yabi’s thought provoking and gently satirical take on the “fine art of counting presidential terms” and the importance of presidential term limits.
The Continent Issue 17 – 22 August 2020
DIA collaboration: Mbulle-Nziege Leonard’s insights into third-term politics in Côte d’Ivoire – and why we should expect a divisive election campaign that could lead to political unrest both before and after the polls.
The Continent Issue 16 – 15 August 2020
DIA collaboration: Ken Opalo’s insightful analysis of the power politics in Kenya surrounding the succession battle to replace President Uhuru Kenyatta at the next election.
The Continent Issue 15 – 8 August 2020
DIA collaboration: Bruce Mutsvairo’s hard hitting and realistic account of the potential for social media to save Zimbabwe, given the increasingly challenging context under the ZANU-PF regime.
The Continent Issue 14 – 18 July 2020
DIA collaboration: Scovian Lillian’s revealing commentary on the challenges faced by the continent’s refugee communities, who are especially vulnerable during the pandemic.
The Continent Issue 13 – 11 July 2020
DIA collaboration: Fola Aina’s insightful explanation of how federalism is undermining the response of the Nigerian government to the COVID 19 pandemic.
The Continent Issue 12 – 4 July 2020
DIA collaboration: Aikande C. Kwayu’s timely explanation of why the merger of the UK’s aid and the foreign office departments will revive uncomfortable memories of British imperialism.
The Continent Issue 11 – 27 June 2020
DIA collaboration: Alex Magaisa’s damning discussion of the epidemic of violence in Zimbabwe and the terrible treatment of three opposition women leaders.
The Continent Issue 10 – 20 June 2020.
DiA collaboration: Nanjala Nyabola’s insightful critique of the way that Africa’s COVID19 statistics have been discussed and questioned around the world.
The Continent Issue 9 – 13 June 2020.
DiA collaboration: Sishuwa Sishuwa’s hard hitting analysis on how the pandemic is being manipulated to strengthen President Edgar Lungu’s hold on power in Zambia.
The Continent Issue 8 – 6 June 2020
DiA collaboration: Professor Winnie V. Mitullah’s important reflections on attitudes towards China in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Continent Issue 7 – 30 May 2020
DiA collaboration: Idayat Hassan’s exciting insights into the way that fake news is hurting efforts to combat COVID19 in Nigeria.
The Continent Issue 6 – 22 May 2020
DiA collaboration: Zac Chiliswa’s hard hitting analysis of the way that religion is hurting the fight against COVIC19 in Africa.
The Continent Issue 3 – 2 May 2020
On the frontline: stories of heroism and hope
The Continent Issue 2 – 25 April 2020
How not to handle a pandemic
The Continent Issue 1 – 18 April 2020
Life inside the lockdown
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