Why elections in Bostwana and South Africa can be ‘free’ but...

In this article, Nicola de Jager argues that we need to take another look at Southern Africa's 'democratic darlings'; Botswana and South Africa. These...

#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 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...

Incumbency and elections: the 2019 polls in Botswana and South Africa

Nicole Beardsworth explains why Ian Khama’s retirement and removal of Jacob Zuma in South Africa is not a strengthening of democracy but a means...

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,...

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...

Botswana: beyond the ‘miracle’

In this blog, our Co-editor SJ Cooper-Knock emphasises the need to start realistically assessing the political status quo is Botswana. Since the 1990s, the...
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...

Reconciliation or realpolitik? Botswana’s new vice president

This month, a new Vice President took to the stage in Botswana. Here, Dr Shane Mac Giollabhui and Sarah Jane Cooper-Knock explore the significance...

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...