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...

Zambia – President Lungu and the Third Term

Africa is set for more third term controversy as Zambian President Edgar Lungu manoeuvres to get a third term in office. As part of...

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...

Malawi Court Nullifies Presidential Election! Full summary of the judgement

The Malawian Constitutional Court is set to deliver its verdict at 9:00am (GMT+2, so 7:00am GMT) on Monday 3 February. Talking to both sides,...

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...

DRC: How Kabila rigged the election … and got away with...

DRC’s outgoing President Joseph Kabila, who was barred from standing for a third term, found an entirely novel way of hanging on to power....

Political parties: Hard to work with, impossible to ignore

Susan Dodsworth gives us the highlights from her recent paper, published with Nic Cheeseman, on political parties and democracy promotion. Susan is a Postdoctoral...

How Zambia can avoid an electoral crisis in 2021

Zambians return to the polls in August 2021. As momentum is building, it brings with it fresh memories of some of the disturbing events...

How do dictators keep power in Africa?

How do dictators retain power? And why do some autocrats manipulate elections more than others? Yonatan Morse explains the most important lessons from his...

More Unfair Elections in Africa, More Unrest: An Avoidable Cycle

We are delighted to be co-publishing, alongside Vanguard Africa, this hard hitting piece on Africa's three most recent elections in Benin, Malawi and Mauritania....