Facebook’s ongoing scramble for Africa

In 2016, Facebook’s grand project to ‘connect the unconnected’ was banned in India after a year-long national debate led by digital activists....

The disconnect between Ghanaian parliamentarians and their constituencies

On 7 January 1993, Ghana’s 4th Republic was inaugurated. This new dawn was greeted with enormous expectations for a flourishing democracy which...

Can Ghana’s Electoral Commission compile a “credible” voters’ register?

Ahead of Ghana’s 2020 election, the Electoral Commission (EC) set out to compile a new voters’ register. The EC contends that the existing register has...

The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against...

Forty years ago, from 14 to 30 July 1980, delegations from 145 national governments around the globe gathered in Copenhagen for the World Conference...

The Impact of COVID19 on Food Security in Africa

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected all sectors of economies globally. Here in Africa, the crisis has drastically impacted food security. Supply chains, food and...

The political economy of the fight against COVID19 in Africa

The global outbreak of COVID-19 has created worry and heartbreak across the world. The virus has defied the usual modern stereotyping of spreading from...
The Continent Issue 3

The Continent – brilliant free African journalism

The Continent is a brilliant new venture from Simon Allison and the team at Mail&Guardian. It brings together fantastic writing from African journalists across...

#BookClub: Rural Democracy – Elections and Development in Africa

In the latest in our popular #bookclub feature, Robin Harding shares the key insights of his important and path-breaking book Rural Democracy. How have African...

Malawi heading for another election crisis

Malawi is just emerging from one election crisis. But is it about to be plunged into another/? Jeffrey Smith investigates ... In a few months,...

Who decides who gets to vote in Ghana’s elections?

Recurring questions in Ghana about who constitutes the electorate have in recent years turned to the issue of foreign voters. Are people crossing national...