Why there’s a case for giving foreign aid to authoritarian regimes

Should democracies give foreign aid to countries that are not democracies? That’s the topic I will be debating with leading thinkers from Islamic Relief,...

Ghana decides: Rumours of rigging and opposition optimism

Wednesday 7th December, 15:30pm. In our second interview with Co-Editor Nic Cheeseman on the elections in Ghana, we talk about the opposition's growing confidence in their...

The Moral Economy of Elections in Africa – Talk Announcement

The impact of elections in Africa project featuring Professors Nic Cheeseman, Gabrielle Lynch and Justin Willis will launch its findings on Ghana, Kenya and Uganda...

Why Africa should not follow the “Rwandan” model

DiA's Nic Cheeseman gets fed up with people telling him that other African countries could do better if they followed the Rwandan model, and sets out...

What chaotic party primaries mean for Kenya’s General Election

In his regular column for Kenya's Sunday Nation newspaper, DiA's Nic Cheeseman reflects on the country's chaotic and controversial party primaries, and whether they...

President Kenyatta’s Anti-Corruption Drive Falters

Nic Cheeseman updates us on recent developments in Kenya, which have left commentators pessimistic about Kenyatta's early push to eliminate corruption. President Jomo Kenyatta has...

Kenyan election: Only compromise between parties can guarantee poll

Fresh analysis from Nic Cheeseman of the upcoming presidential election in Kenya, scheduled for 26 October. Can a credible poll be organized in time,...

President Zuma escapes censure for no show in South Africa

In this post, our co-editor Nic Cheeseman explores recent events in South Africa's National Assembly, which led to a motion to censure President Jacob Zuma....

Should we abandon the sister-party approach to democracy promotion?

Susan Dodsworth and our Co-Editor, Nic Cheeseman, interrogate whether partnering political parties with purportedly similar political ideologies is a helpful means of democracy promotion. Their...

President Lungu: the reluctant democrat

Nic Cheeseman, our co-editor, explores political developments in Zambia and asks whether recent constitutional changes are indicative of democratic progress or democratic backsliding. To the...