The hidden costs of social media in African elections – the...

Some say social media is killing democracy. But others counter that social media is making politics more inclusive and accountable. What does the evidence...

The Aid Debate: Time for Donors to Drop President Museveni

As the results from the Ugandan elections were announced, there was an overwhelming sense of dejà-vu.  President Yoweri Museveni, in power for...

Do election queues change election outcomes?

Election-day lines in the Global South are often cast as a gauge of citizens’ commitment to democracy. The European Parliament observer report...

What can America learn from Liberia in managing electoral disputes and...

For many years Liberians have looked to America for both foreign aid and its political culture. The crucial role played by America...

Short on strategy: WhatsApp use in the Ugandan elections

This week’s general election in Uganda concludes a unique campaign. In July 2020, the Electoral Commission announced restrictions in response to the...

Democracy Beyond Swapo in Namibia

With the Regional and Local Authority elections on 25 November 2020 Namibia’s political landscape has changed. Voters practiced their right to make...

This is why Bobi Wine constitutes an unprecedented threat to Museveni

On 18 and 19 November, at least 54 people were killed by security forces during protests triggered by the arrest of musician-turned-politician...

Is WhatsApp Undermining Democracy in Africa?

There is growing concern about the potential for the message and media sharing platform WhatsApp to undermine democracy in a number of countries across...

What Google Trends Data can Tell Us About the Tanzanian Election

Over the last 5 years, Tanzania has seen a steady increase in authoritarian practices. This trend reached its climax in the recent...

J.J. Rawlings: A Man For All Seasons?

As Ghana goes to the polls for the 2020 general elections, Ryan Colton looks back at the life and legacy of one...