Democratic Republic of Congo

How Isaias Afwerki’s gamble in Ethiopia is endangering Eritrean sovereignty

Since the conflict in Tigray started in 2020, Eritrea has become further entangled in Ethiopian politics. Young Eritrean conscripts assigned to the...

The DRC: An unexpected transfer of power, but was it the...

Africa has been holding its breath as the people of the DRC participate in a remarkable election that has featured prolonged delays, electronic voting, and...

DRC: Below the Surface, a Game Changer in Congolese Politics

Pierre Englebert argues that the 2015 break-up of Congo’s provinces has "upended politics", creating second- and third-order challenges for Congo's next government. *** “Shikata,” or “remain...

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...

Routledge Handbook of African Politics: now in paperback (win a copy...

  In this blog, Andrea Scheibler tells us about the Routledge Handbook of African Politics - new in paperback - that she has edited with...

Circumventing the trap of the predatory African state narrative: Reflections from...

In this blog, Maria Eriksson Baaz and Judith Verweijen argue that we need to move beyond the idea that the Congolese army is simply an abusive force...

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...
Breakfast for Democracy How to Clean an Election Discussion with Nic Cheeseman

How to clean an election

DiA's Nic Cheeseman joined Svein-Erik Helle (UiB) for a fascinating discussion of how to fight back against electoral manipulation as part of the Breaking Bad...
Dictionary of African Politics Cover

New dictionary provides nuanced insights into the language of African politics

A new dictionary of African politics is much more than just a collection of words argue  Eloïse Bertrand, Nic Cheeseman and Sa'eed Husaini. Every country has...

The Uses and Abuses of Social Media in Africa

A recent conference at the University of Edinburgh went "Beyond the Hashtag" to explore the impact of social media in Africa. Don't worry if...