Corruption and the cabinet in Malawi

When she first entered the post, international donors virulently supported President Joyce Banda, hopeful that she would support a more transparent, accountable government in...

WATCH: The Political Thought of the Philosopher Kings – with follow...

Check out the latest IDAP event on the political thought of Senghor, Nyerere, Nkrumah, Keïta, Houphouët-Boigny, Kenyatta, Kaunda, Azikiwe, Cabral ... and...

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...

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....

Joyce Banda’s regime: Business (and politics) as usual

In this blog, Clive Gabay gives us a taste of his recent research into Joyce Banda's rise and rule, which is published in full...

First Kenya, now Malawi: The challenge-annul-rerun pattern in African elections

Hardly any election takes place anywhere without some form of challenge to the results and fairness of the process. Following major elections on the...
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...

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...

Authoritarian regimes and democratisation in Africa: China and Russia compared

When the "third wave" of democratisation swept across much of Africa in the aftermath of the Cold War, hopes were high that...

How popular is China in Africa? And how do people think...

It’s been 20 years since the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation was first held. Another summit is planned for September 2021 in Dakar,...