Africa Day 2022: Time to Take Stock

No one who stood in one of the long snaking queues outside polling stations on 27 April 1994 will ever forget the...

How presidential candidates buy-off disgruntled leaders and maintain their coalitions

As the August 9 general elections draw ever closer in Kenya, the month of April saw political party “nominations”, when the respective...

VIDEO: Traditional Leaders and Democracy in Africa – WATCH NOW!

Watch the inaugural joint webinar of the Institute for Democracy, Citizenship and Public Policy in Africa at the University of Cape Town...

How Isaias Afwerki’s gamble in Ethiopia is endangering Eritrean sovereignty

Since the conflict in Tigray started in 2020, Eritrea has become further entangled in Ethiopian politics. Young Eritrean conscripts assigned to the...
Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki

A Portrait: Isaias Afwerki, The Man & The Dictator

Following a series of interviews with former colleagues, this is an attempt to profile one of Africa's most reclusive and authoritarian leaders....
Zambia

Democracy and Justice: A Case of Zambia’s Predicament on Political Victimization

The current government in Zambia has placed the fight against corruption among its top priorities. To this end, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC),...

Celebrating IWD 2022! Aspiring for gender parity in cabinets across Africa

For the last decade or so, more and more governments have moved in the direction of gender parity cabinets – the appointment...
Generation Lumumba Cover

#BookClub: What the Lumumba generation tells us about decolonization in Africa

The discrepancies between Belgian colonial propaganda and the lived experience of Congolese collided on 30 June 1960 before the eyes of a...

Reconciling democracy and development: Reflections from a life of research

Oda van Cranenburgh recently retired from Leiden University after a career of researching the politics of what are often called "developing countries",...

A corruption scandal smoulders in Malawi, as Pres Chakwera fires cabinet

Malawi’s President Lazarus Chakwera came to power promising to tackle corruption. But his handling of a deepening corruption scandal of state capture...