Taking lives: Living in Kleptoland?

The struggle of a mother living in a Luandan slum is one that requires all her might, each day, just to keep...

How popular is China in Africa? And how do people think...

It’s been 20 years since the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation was first held. Another summit is planned for September 2021 in Dakar,...

#BookClub: Dissidents and Democracy in Africa

Any article proposing possible ways to create durable and equitable democracies in Africa should be humble in its goals. A cursory glance...

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...
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...

The ruling party wins AGAIN in Botswana, but the election is...

Despite a lot of excitement and a former president backing the opposition, the ruling party has emerged victorious in Botswana - as in every...
Mauritius; Small democracies/Sofitel So Mauritius

Why are Africa’s small countries more democratic?

Why do small African states often rank highly in comparative measures of democracy?Jack Corbett and Wouter Veenendaal outline how their research into states with populations under one million...

IWD: How democracy is failing women

In honour of International Women's Day 2019 Susan Dodsworth and our very own Nic Cheeseman have published a hard hitting critique of the way...

Khama-Chameleon: Botswana’s foreign policy shift

How should we understand the foreign policy of African states? And why do some countries with a dubious record at home talk so much...

Bad Khama: The Corruption of the Botswanan Presidency

Kenneth Good looks back at the legacy of General Ian Khama, who has just announced that he will soon step down as president of Botswana, and concludes...