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 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...

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...

The False Tradeoff: Revisiting the Democracy vs Security Paradigm in Africa

You would not know it from the news, but sub-Saharan Africa is experiencing its worst surge of political violence in more than...

NEW SEMINAR SERIES WITH IDCPPA: Join us for a webinar on...

Democracy in Africa is delighted to be joining forces with the fantastic Institute for Democracy, Citizenship and Public Policy in Africa of...

VIDEO: Traditional Leaders and Democracy in Africa – WATCH NOW!

Watch the inaugural joint webinar of the Institute for Democracy, Citizenship and Public Policy in Africa at the University of Cape Town...

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 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...

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...
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...