Gender quotas and women’s representation in African parliaments

In this blog, Dr Gretchen Bauer focuses in on gender quotas in Africa, and asks what the impact of increasing women in parliament has been....

DEMOCRACY CAPTURE & THE SHADOW STATE IN AFRICA – DOWNLOAD THE...

On World Democracy Day, 15 September 2021, the Centre for Democratic Development and Democracy in Africa will join forces to release two...

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...

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...

As Guinea suffers new coup, Benin’s light fades in the region

As Benin prepares to mark the six-month anniversary of President Patrice Talon’s re-election, international observers have largely turned their attention to the...

Setting a foreign policy agenda for the Muhammadu Buhari presidency

Babatunde Afolabi talks us through the foreign policy priorities for Nigeria's new government. Babatunde is a consultant who has previously worked for the Economic...

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...
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...

On the anti-politics of anti-trafficking

Neil Howard, Marie Curie Fellow at the MPC, introduces his research into the discourse and politics of anti-trafficking. He does so by adapting a...

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....