WEBINAR: Africa’s New Leaders – Malawi, Nigeria, Zimbabwe – 13 August!

Malawi - Nigeria - Zimbabwe August 13 10AM Washington, 3 PM Abuja/London and 4 PM Berlin/Harare/Lilongwe. Africa’s “old men” are slowly, but surely, being replaced. For the...

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....

Democracy in Africa: Lessons from Malawi

What are the key lessons that the Malawian elections of 2014 can offer for those studying democracy and democratisation? In the wake of their...

Term Limits: A Linchpin to Restoring Democratic Norms in Africa

Lost in the wave of democratic backsliding seen in Africa in recent years has been the dramatic deterioration of term limit norms....

Women’s Activism in Africa: Struggles for Rights and Representation

Our popular Book Club feature brings you accessible and powerful summaries of the best books on Africa. In this edition, Balghis Badri and Aili...

How to Discredit An Election: An Opposition Playbook

Malawi recently held its breath as the Constitutional Court took ten hours to painstakingly read out its verdict on the highly controversial 2019 presidential...

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...

Diversifying Africa’s militaries may be the key to successful democratization

The plight of African democracy is worsening. Global trends toward democratic backsliding have not spared the continent with incumbent leaders violating constitutional...

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...

LISTEN: Fromagehomme’s BBC interview on Malawi’s democratic breakthrough

DiA's very own Nic Cheeseman, aka fromagehomme, was interviewed for the BBC's Newsday programme about Malawi's democratic breakthrough - why were the new elections...