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...

Stephen Carter on the politics of institution building

The Bigger Picture Project at the University of Edinburgh has teamed up with Democracy in Africa to bring you videos from academics as well...

Parliament pins executive over corruption scandal in Tanzania

In this blog, Michaela Collord takes a look at the escrow scandal in Tanzania, and the impressive efforts by politicians to investigate the issue...

Why removing al-Bashir is not enough to bring real change in...

The recent spate of military interventions to remove unpopular leaders has led to a growing debate over the potential for the military to act...

Uganda – President Museveni and the politics of quick-fix taxation

Uganda's recently enacted, Excise Duty Amendment Act (2018) imposes a range of new tax measures, including a tax on the use of social media....

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...

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...

Interventions and the (de)stabilizing of sovereignty in Africa

In this post,  Nina Wilén tells us about her new book 'Justifying Interventions in Africa: (de)stabilizing sovereignty in Liberia, Burundi, and the Congo. Nina...

The race for Nairobi, and the rise and rise of Mike...

DiA's Nic Cheeseman reflects on the battle for the Governorship of Nairobi and asks whether the populist outside Mike Sonko can take the seat...

New Book Blog: How to rig an election and get away...

DiA's Nic Cheeseman celebrates the publication of his new book in the UK by writing a column with co-author Brian Klaas that summarises some...