“My contribution offended them”: Inclusion and exclusion in Kenya’s Participatory Budgeting

The new Kenyan constitution introduced in 2010 required the 47 newly created county governments - each with its own directly elected governors, senators, and...

Improving public health messaging on Ebola

In previous posts on this blog, we asked how the Ebola crisis would reflect and transform states-citizen relationships; how it would shape the authority...

Escalating violence in Central African Republic exposes limits of UN peacekeeping

David Bruckmeier analyses the limits of UN peacekeeping operations in the Central African Republic conflict as violence escalates to near unprecedented levels. ***** A year and...

Tanzania – Where President Magufuli’s politics and his economics meet

Michaela point to ways in which Magufuli’s economic strategy supports the consolidation of the President’s own, quite fragile political base. Michaela is a DPhil candidate...

Democracy in Africa and how to improve it

In his regular blog for the Daily Nation, Co-Editor Nic Cheeseman teams up with Alexander Noyes to explore the cases of Burundi and Burkina...

The hidden positive trend in Nigerian politics

It is easy to be cynical about African politics, especially in Nigeria. Pointing out the glaring shortcomings in each election promotes a...

Zambia Update: What was the purpose of Lungu’s cabinet reshuffle?

Sishuwa Sishuwa catches us up with recent events in Zambia, and considers the latest cabinet reshuffle. Why was the Minister of Finance replaced, and what...

The Successes and Failures of Economic Reform in Africa

Zainab Usman shares with us her new paper on political settlements in Nigeria. Zainab is a doctoral candidate in International Development at the University of...

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...

Regional political inequality in Africa can be explained by colonial era-education....

Research shows that political elites tend to favour their home region when distributing resources. But what explains how political power is distributed...