The Increasing Significance of Courts in Africa’s Contested Elections

The judicial nullification of presidential election petitions in Kenya and Malawi in 2017 and 2019, respectively, have been widely recognized as towering...

Zambia’s Crisis of Democracy and the 2021 General Elections

Zambia is one of the fastest eroding democracies in the world. This is according to the Varieties of Democracy Project (V-dem), one...

Edgar Lungu, Zambia’s third term controversy, and the 2021 elections

At a time when authoritarian leaders across Africa are looking to scrap the two term limits imposed by their respective constitutions, the...

Why the University of Zambia’s disavowal of Sishuwa Sishuwa threatens academic...

DiA note: to read and add your signature to a statement in support of Sishuwa Sishuwa from academics around the work, click...

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...

Why we shouldn’t expect rapid democratic progress in Tanzania

Nobody was surprised that President John Magufuli won a second term in Tanzania’s 2020 general elections. The ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi has...

INTERVIEW: Joyce Banda and The Inspirational Effect of a Female President

Malawi’s first female President, Joyce Banda, came to power under peculiar circumstances. She was never elected as president, but as the country’s...

Four things to look out for in Ghana’s new government

Since the establishment of Ghana’s fourth republic in 1992, the country’s two major political parties have both, at different times, held a...

#BookClub. What drives election rigging – and when citizens resist it?

In recent months it has felt like election rigging has run riot. Citizens killed, beaten and intimidated and election...

The Moral Economy of Elections in Africa is out now!

The Moral Economy of Elections in Africa, the new book by DiA's very own Nic Cheeseman and his colleagues Gabrielle Lynch and...