INTERVIEW! Whistleblowers: Angels, Villains, Or Bloody Fools?

DiA is pleased to announce a new collaboration with long-term reader and friend of the website, Stephen Kamugasa, whose interviews and podcasts...

What the Nigerian presidential election has to teach us about African...

Taking a comparative perspective, Co-editor Nic Cheeseman asks what lessons the Nigerian presidential election has for politicians in Kenya, and beyond. A strong opposition coalition, a weak...

What next for Malawi – Podcast with Golden Matonga

Following the Constitutional Court's momentous decision to nullify the outcome of the 2019 general election in Malawi, we caught up with one of the...

How committed is Zambia’s new government to achieving gender equality?

In August 2021, Zambia’s opposition party, under the leadership of Hakainde Hichilema, secured a historic victory over the authoritarian ruling party. In...

The Book Club: Devolution in Kenya

Our popular “Book Club” features the best of the new publications on African politics. This week, we bring you the work of Dominic Burbidge,...

New Podcast: Democracy in Africa and how the rules of the...

DiA's Nic Cheeseman talks to Alice Evans about his new book, and how the idea that Africa is "institutionless" has undermined our understanding of...

Political futures and political legacies in Burkina Faso

In this blog, our Co-editor, Sarah Jane Cooper-Knock looks at the political transition in Burkina Faso, and explores the role of the military in...

Unfinished Revolutions: Libya and Tunisia five years on

As part of our series on the Arab Spring five years on, Ibrahim Fraihat reflects on the experiences of Tunisia and Libya. This blog is drawn...

Why some African Autocrats love Political Decentralization

Lovise Aalen and Ragnhild Louise Muriaas explain why political decentralization should not be confused with democratization in Africa. On the contrary, widespread popular political...

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...