How hashtag activism moves offline in The Gambia

In The Gambia, WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter are directly, and indirectly, shaping politics. The latest We Are Social’s Digital report counted 370,000...

Authoritarian Africa – Watch the Video of Fromagehomme’s new book!

DiA's very own Fromagehomme (aka Prof Nic Cheeseman) has a new book out with Dr Jonathan Fisher called Authoritarian Africa: Repression, Resistance and the...

In pursuit of a peaceful presidential election in The Gambia

The Gambia is approaching presidential elections on 4 December 2021. This will be the first vote since the electoral defeat of former...

New Book Blog: Why African leaders are more constrained by democratic...

Nic Cheeseman shares some of the highlights of his new book - Institutions and Democracy in Africa (CUP, 2018) - arguing that failing to recognise...

#GambiaRising: Big protests rock the small nation

Our co-editor, SJ Cooper-Knock, takes a look at the protests erupting in the Gambia over the past few weeks. Could this be the beginning of...

Five things we have learned about African democracy

Nic Cheeseman discusses five things that we have learned about African democracy in the last twelve months, and what they mean for the next...

Documenting Dictatorship: Truth and Reconciliation in the Gambia

The Gambia’s eleven-member Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC) has heard public testimony from over 200 individuals since January 2019. Created by the 2017...

Democracy in Africa at the Frontline Club

DiA editor Nic Cheeseman will be speaking on Democracy in Africa, and the recent experience of Gambia, at the Frontline Club in London on...

Digital technologies and the new public square: revitalising democracy?

Over the past 15+ years, the world has witnessed an astonishing transformation in information and communications technologies (ICTs) across both developed and...

A year of illusions: Five things we learnt about democracy in...

Professor Nic Cheeseman's traditional review of the year, which analyses some of the main developments on the continent in 2017 and looks ahead to the prospects...