How to Revive Africa’s Lost Civic Spaces

It was a hot afternoon at the Obafemi Awolowo University campus, a university situated in the ancient city of Ile-Ife, a little...

The Impact of COVID19 on Food Security in Africa

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected all sectors of economies globally. Here in Africa, the crisis has drastically impacted food security. Supply chains, food and...

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...

Is presidentialism a bad thing?

Many people have argued that presidentialism could be a bad thing for democracy and that a parliamentary model would be better. But early predictions...

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...

More Unfair Elections in Africa, More Unrest: An Avoidable Cycle

We are delighted to be co-publishing, alongside Vanguard Africa, this hard hitting piece on Africa's three most recent elections in Benin, Malawi and Mauritania....

The State of Democracy in Africa

DiA's Nic Cheeseman is taking the day off to celebrate his 40th birthday, so to mark the occasion we thought we would re-post one...

Africa in 2017: The political road ahead

Nic Cheeseman reflects on some of the discussions emerging from the recent Royal African Society event 'Africa in 2017: Prospects and Forecasts' at the...

The state of democracy in Africa

In his regular column for the Daily Nation, our co-editor Nic Cheeseman asks how we should define, measure, and systematically understand democracy across the diverse...