Democratic breakthroughs in Africa: time to celebrate but worries still linger

With International Day of Democracy on 15th September, Nic Cheeseman takes stock of key trends and developments across sub-Saharan Africa. ***** Nic Cheeseman, University of Birmingham There...

Chiefs, democracy and popular participation: the case of Lesotho

In this blog, Motlamelle Kapa tells us about the dangers of 'stakeholder participation' in relation to the creation of local government policy in Lesotho....
The Continent Issue 3

The Continent – brilliant free African journalism

The Continent is a brilliant new venture from Simon Allison and the team at Mail&Guardian. It brings together fantastic writing from African journalists across...

Events in Lesotho point to poor prospects for political stability

In this latest article on Lesotho, Roger Southall explains why Lesotho is at risk of military involvement in its politics as persistent political bickering...

Gender quotas and women’s representation in African parliaments

In this blog, Dr Gretchen Bauer focuses in on gender quotas in Africa, and asks what the impact of increasing women in parliament has been....

Compassion vs. coercion: Protecting lives & enhancing legitimacy in COVID-19 Africa

As cases of coronavirus rise across Africa, there is growing recognition that the pandemic could evolve into a crisis not just of health and...

Africans want consensual democracy – why is that reality so hard...

It has become common to argue that most Africans are not that committed to democracy. Commentators often suggest that Africans care more...

How African countries respond to fake news and hate speech

There has been little research into the regulation targeting fake news and hate speech in Africa, and the role state institutions play...

The Impact of COVID19 on Food Security in Africa

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected all sectors of economies globally. Here in Africa, the crisis has drastically impacted food security. Supply chains, food and...

The perilous state of national reforms in Lesotho

Lesotho’s national reform process is in danger of collapse. Moletsane Monyake explains why a combination of political elites’ contestation for power and control of...