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The media, corruption and democracy in Africa

Kenya: to the election, and beyond. Part One.

With the elections drawing near in Kenya, Dominic Burbidge takes a look at the alliances involved, their prospects for success and the meaning of these elections for the political future. Dominic is a DPhil candidate at the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford. This is the first in a two-part series. The single most important event to influence Kenya’s political landscape over the next five years will be...

Democracy in Ethiopia

...ouse No Results House of Representatives (2015) Party Votes (%) Seats Party 500 Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front 24 Somali People’s Democratic Party 9 Benishangul Gumuz People’s Democratic Party 8 Afar National Democratic Party 3 Gambela People’s Democratic Movement 1 Argoba People Democratic Organization 1 Hareri National League 0 Agew Democratic Party 0 All Ethiopian Democratic Organization 0 All Ethiopian Democratic Party 0 All...

Kidnapping for Ransom Drives Economic Hardship in North West Nigeria

...rnor of Zamfara State, Abdulaziz Yari, is reported to have said that nearly 500 villages and 13,000 hectares of land had been destroyed, and 2,835 people killed, between 2011 and 2018. The escalating scope and scale of these activities has forced up the price of food, hurting all Nigerians: the Consumer Price Index report for June 2021 records that month on month food inflation skyrocketed to 21.83%. Local trade and revenue generation suffers Band...

The Elephant in the Room: Citizenship and language (a reply to...

...ng to find a way out seems a hopeless task. For Nigeria, with its more than 500 languages, there seems to be no practical solution. English is seen as the one neutral, unifying language that can serve all. Yet, it robs the majority of Nigerians of effective citizenship. Hopefully, an increasing numbers of Nigerians will receive better education, leading to a gradual solution of the problem. The indigenous language is critical to this trajectory. A...

OUT NOW: Eight brilliant Op-Eds from the Africa Comment Prize!

We are proud to present the finalists for the inaugural The Continent/Democracy in Africa Comment Prize! After receiving an incredible 342 pitches, our judging panel chose a shortlist of eight brilliant comment pieces, which are published here for the very first time. To download the special issue, click here. The judges will choose their best entry, whose author will win a $500 prize and be republished by newspapers across Africa, including Prem...
Mali

Mali: intervention and beyond

...l 2010, most analysts estimated the number of AQIM members to range between 500 and 1,000.[17] Since 2002, the United States has supported the Malian government together with Niger, Mauritania and Chad to combat terrorism under the Pan-Sahel Initiative (PSI). Three years later, the program was reformulated as the Trans-Saharan Counterterrorism Initiative (TSCTI) and expanded in volume as well as in partnering countries. A joint military base was e...

Somaliland suspends relations with the United Nations amidst rising tensions

On October 25, 2020, Somaliland authorities suspended their relations with the United Nations and banned its activities ‘until further notice’. While the frustration of the thirty-year old unrecognized state with the UN can easily be understood, this move is unlikely to bring any benefit to the country. Somaliland is gradually developing into a clan-based autocracy. President Bihi maintains a balance among the ruling elites by granting and revoki...

Decolonising the Academy: call for papers

This year’s conference at the Centre of African Studies at the University of Edinburgh will be on the theme of ‘Decolonising the Academy’. This is a topic close to our hearts at DiA. Do read and share: we hope to see you there! Download pdf: Decolonizing the Academy 2016, Call for Papers For whom do we research Africa and for what purpose? How do our institutions – be they universities, professional networks, or publishing forums – reinforce uneq...

‘As soft as wool’? Reform and Repression in Zimbabwe

Months on from the controversial 2018 election, Nicole Beardsworth asks what is happening in Zimbabwe. What explains the political turmoil, why has the much vaunted economic renaissance not materialised, and what comes next? When he came to power in November 2017, Emmerson Mnangagwa rode a wave of local and global goodwill. But by March 2019, the USA had renewed sanctions against Zimbabwe that have been in place for nearly 20 years. In February,...

Malawi Court Nullifies Presidential Election! Full summary of the judgement

...English and then in Chichewa. We are told that the entire judgement – some 500 pages – will be available by 4pm tomorrow. What we will get today is a summary. Sunday 2 February, 7:00pm Widespread reports of businesses in Lilongwe closing down and protecting themselves in case of unrest tomorrow. Most workers we talk to say that they are not planning to go to work. Hotels report a raft of cancellations leading to economic difficulties. A 1km exclu...